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Monday 31 January 2011  Work on the reconstruction of the Morne Repos Bridge is progressing despite numerous challenges relating primarily to poor drainage and the topography of the area.


The Morne Repos Bridge is among a long list of public infrastructure which was destroyed by Hurricane Tomas.


The reconstruction works are being undertaken by Deep South Construction.


Project Supervisor Mr John Sammy says despite the challenges the contractor is committed to delivering a quality finish product.


“In the next four to five weeks we should be complete with this project if all goes according to plan. We are going to work night and day just to get this project done because we realise that this is a very important road for motorists. At present, we have fourteen workers employed on this project but the intense work is now beginning so we anticipate that we will have to employ additional workers.”


A by-pass road has been constructed to facilitate the free movement of traffic as the reconstruction of the main bridge progresses.


The Project Manager Mr Uranus Palton says the new bridge is being built to withstand  natural disasters more severe than Hurricane Tomas. .


“Well to be honest in the final analysis its going to be a better bridge but the road is going to be at the same elevation but we are going to construct handrails so we are using a different design so when we are complete with this project it should be able to withstand the impact of five Hurricane Tomas`”.


The bridge connects the north and south of the island along the east coast.


Motorists traversing in the area of the Morne Repos Bridge reconstruction project are asked to proceed with caution.


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