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Solomon Hochoy Highway Extension to Point Fortin

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ON THE ROAD TO POINT FORTIN!


SOLOMON HOCHOY HIGHWAY EXTENTION TO POINT FORTIN (SHHEPF) – PACKAGE 1A, 2A, and 2B BRIEFING REPORT - FRIDAY 8TH JUNE, 2018


1. SHHEPF BACKGROUND
The Solomon Hochoy Highway Extension Project (SHHEPF) was conceived as the construction of a highway built to international freeway standards comprising several segments, with a total length of 47km of 4-lane highway and 2.5km of 2-lane highway (Connector Roads). The works as envisaged include:

I. Extension of the existing highway from Golconda to Debe through Penal, Siparia, Fyzabad and Mon Desir to Dunlop Roundabout in Point Fortin;

II. Upgrade/widening of the South Trunk Road from Dumfries Road to Paria Suites, and from Paria Suites to St. Mary’s Junction via Mosquito Creek, with the construction of a new link from St. Mary’s Junction to Mon Desir, and

III. Connector Roads from the new highway to Union Estate (La Brea), Siparia, Fyzabad, and Penal.

Under a previous Design-Build contract two (2) segments were substantially completed and opened to traffic. These include Golconda to Gandhi Village and St. Mary’s Junction to Grants Road. There were also four (4) partially completed segments which include Dumfries Road to Paria Suites, Godineau River to St. Mary’s Junction, Gandhi Village to Penal, and Mon Desir to Dunlop Roundabout.

There were eight (8) partially completed bridges, namely, Oropouche River Bridge, Mosquito Creek Bridge, Godineau River Bridge, Mon Desir Interchange Bridge, Delhi Road Bridge, Grants Road Bridge, No. 8 Road Bridge and Guapo River Bridge. Only minimal clearing and grubbing works were completed between Penal to Mon Desir.
The current initiative to complete the SHHEPF project focuses, in the first instance, on completion of the link from Dumfries Roundabout to Dunlop with a connection from Mon Desir Interchange back to Fyzabad Road, utilizing the FIDIC Red Book Conditions of Contract.

2. SHHEPF CURRENT PROGRESS AND WAY FORWARD

Package 1A, 2A and 2B – First phase Packages
In mid-February 2017, Cabinet granted approval for the continuation of the construction of the Solomon Hochoy Highway Extension to Point Fortin Project (SHHEPF) via three (3) work packages in the first instance. These initial packages include [1A] a bridge package that comprises Mosquito Creek Bridge and Godineau River Bridge, [2A] Dumfries Road to Mosquito Creek Bridge, and [2B] Godineau River Bridge to St. Mary’s Junction. The details of these packages are as follows:
1) Package 2A
Tenders for this package were invited on 23rd February 2017. NIDCO completed the evaluation of package 2A on May 8th 2017 and awarded a contract to Junior Sammy Contractors Limited to complete works within the Dumfries Road to Mosquito Creek Bridge stretch at a cost of TT$95.00M VAT inclusive.

The scope of works under Package 2A involve the Completion of the widening of 3.4 Km of the South Trunk Road from east of Dumfries Road to west of Mosquito Creek Bridge and includes completion of Paria Suites intersection, upgrade of the Dumfries Road intersections to a Roundabout, completion of outstanding works on four (4) other intersections within this segment namely; Bel Air, Alice Street, Pricesmart and Potato Trace. Miscellaneous works include longitudinal earthen and concrete drainage works, construction 200m of retaining wall at Sunset Cove, construction of a Connector Road between Sunset Ridge and Sunset Cove, 33.0m of retaining wall near Bel Air Intersection, completion of miscellaneous works on Alley’s Creek Bridge, road furniture and lighting. The Contractor was also required to complete surcharging works on two areas along the Mosquito Creek Segment (approx. 600.0M long) to facilitate early start-up of works on that segment. The estimated duration of construction was eight (8) calendar months.

2) Package 2B - Tenders for this package was invited on 23rd February 2017. NIDCO completed evaluation of package 2B on 25th May 2017 and awarded a contract to Junior Sammy Contractors Limited to complete works within the Godineau River Bridge to St Mary’s Junction stretch at a cost of TT$121.82M VAT inclusive.

The scope of works under Package 2B involve the completion of the widening of 2.0 Km of the South Trunk Road from east of Godineau River Bridge to east of St Mary’s Junction and includes the completion of a Roundabout at Shore-of-Peace. Miscellaneous works include longitudinal drainage works, 150m of revetment and sea wall at Shore-of-Peace, road furniture and lighting. The estimated duration of construction was eight (8) calendar months.

3) Package 1A - Tenders for this package was invited on 20th February 2017. NIDCO completed evaluation of package 2B on 22nd May 2017 and awarded a contract to Lutchmeesingh Transport Contractors Limited to complete works on the Mosquito Creek Bridge and the Godineau River Bridge at a cost of TT$39.42M VAT inclusive.

The scope of works under Package 2B involves the completion of the 32.0 m span Mosquito Creek South Bound Bridge and the 90.0 m triple span Godineau River Bridge (both North and South Bound). The works include completion of fabrication and installation of Twenty-Eight (28) pre-stressed AASHTO beams 30m long at Godinueau River Bridge and completion of bridge decks, ancillary bridge furniture, bridge approaches and scour protection for both bridges. The estimated duration of construction was six (6) calendar months.
The completion of the work under these packages saw the upgrade of 5.4 km of the South Trunk Road from its initial condition as a two (2) lane roadway to an improved four (4) lane urban arterial constructed according to AASHTO standard with 2 - 3.65m lanes and 2.0m wide external shoulder in each direction. The final facility will include upgraded traffic and road safety furniture, improved signage and LED street lighting that will result is overall reduction in electricity cost for highways.
The completed works will lead to:
- Improved level of safety within the segment. (Completion of lighting, barriers, road markings etc). Reduce degradation, washouts and road failure due to incomplete works within the segment.

- Improved level of services to road users at the Dumfries intersection and Paria Suites intersection which was significantly upgraded from its original condition.

- Facilitated early start-up of works on the northern link of the SHHEPF project. The completion of this link is expected to ensure early connectivity to Point Fortin along the proposed SHHEPF route.

Status of Other Works on the SHHEPF

NIDCO, in a second phase of packages, invited tenders for Packages 1B, 1D, 2C and 5D on August 4th, 2017. These four (4) packages were approved by Cabinet in August 2017, namely; [1] Package 1B - Completion of Mon Desir Interchange Bridge and Oropouche River Bridge, [2] Package 1D - Completion of No. 8 Road Overpass and Guapo River Bridge, [3] Package 2C - Completion of Mon Desir to Eccles Trace and St. Mary’s Junction to Mon Desir and [4] Package 5D - Completion of the highway segment between Southern Main Road (B44) and Dunlop Roundabout.

The tenders closed on September 8th, 2017 and the evaluation process is completed. These packages have recommendations for awards and NIDCO is awaiting Cabinet’s approval to proceed.
On 29th January, 2018, NIDCO also invited tenders for Package 5A. The scope of works for this package includes the completion of the widening of 2.5 Km of South Trunk Road between Mosquito Creek Bridge and Godineau River Bridge. The works involves ground improvement to the existing carriageway, road works, drainage works, embankment construction, revetment construction, installation of road safety devices, lighting, the relocation of major utilities owned by the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) and the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC), re-construction of Mosquito Creek Bridge (North Bound) and construction of a 33m fishing pier close to the Godineau River. The Tender evaluation of this package has been completed, and signing of the contract is imminent.

Tender for two (2) other Packages namely; 5B and 1C were invited on 19th May 2018 with a deadline for receipt of tenders set as 29th June, 2018.

Conclusion
NIDCO is also advancing all the outstanding design work on the project, giving priority to completing designs between Dumfries and Dunlop. As part of the design works, an option of linking Debe to South Trunk Road is being reviewed. Acquisition and utility relocation are all being pursued by NIDCO as part of the overall works
It is the intention of NIDCO under the directive of the MOWT to complete, as a priority the entire stretch of the SHHEPF from Dumfries to La Brea. The early benefits to be derived from completing this link include improved safety to road users and mitigation of degradation as a result of incomplete road works and bridges existing within these segments. However once the completion of this link is achieved, the direct benefits of improved level of Service, reduction in time to traverse between San Fernando and Point Fortin improved road safety will all be realised.





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PACKAGE 2A AND 2B- SHHEPF

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