Design of new Moruca Bridge being finalised
The design of the new Moruca Bridge in Region One is being finalised, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has stated.
Hinterland Engineer Jeffrey Walcott is quoted by DPI as saying that the geotechnical investigation for the new bridge was completed last July, and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has since been working on the final design.
The aim, he said, is to deliver a functional and resilient infrastructure that will better serve the community.
The issues of flooding and river traffic which affect the residents have been key considerations during the design process, DPI stated.
The $119M contract was awarded to Mohammed Ramzan Ali Khan Construction Company. Walcott said the contractor will resume work in the new week.
“The focus will be on getting facilities for alternative crossing in place and addressing any safety concerns in the interim. Major dismantling will commence when all the major items have been acquired to minimise the construction time.”
The community has been engaged, Walcott pointed out. “The Ministry has formally met and discussed with representatives from the Regional Administration and Council in May and July of this year, moving the project forward.”
The Ministry has deployed a full-time engineer in the Region, as well as a support team from its Head Office and is committed to working with the Region, Toshao and Village Council to ensure quality work is done and the community gets value for money.
A consultant was also engaged to provide sufficient technical support and supervision services during critical aspects of the work.