The country is a huge construction site
31 Mars 2011
Work is progressing - roads are being built almost in the four corners of the island. Some projects were completed at 20% and others 75%. For years, the government will spend about Rs 30 billion for expanding the road network.
After paying Rs 2.1 billion in 2010, the government will spend Rs 5.8 billion this year and in 2012, Rs 7 billion. The ring road will cost Rs 6 billion to the state, the project Terre Rouge/Verdun Road will cost Rs 2.2 billion, the Harbour Bridge Rs 8 billion. The Harbour Bridge will open the way for the toll system.
Ring road begins to sprout in Sorèze. Early work has already begun. The contract for construction of the first phase of this road between Montebello and Guibies was won by Rehm Grinaker Construction Co Ltd and Colas. Costing Rs 1.3 billion, this road will connect Roche-Bois Sorèze via Montebello, Bell-Village, Tranquebar and Pitot Valley. The first phase will begin to complete the Sorèze Guibies. The second phase will be higher. It will be a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and will require an investment of Rs 3.5 billion since a tunnel will be built in the Mountain Signal out to Tranquebar, said a senior officer of the Road Development Authority (RDA) . This part of the road will be built also on the mountainside The Thumb. It will cross Tranquebar, Valley Pitot Plain Green for connecting one to the National II at the roundabout Quai D.
The work of Terre Rouge-Verdun has already been completed on 20%. The second phase of construction that will link Verdun Ebony has just started. This new route will ease the M1 and M2. Access to the future administrative city of Highlands will be easier. The toll system will be applied on this road also.
Terre Rouge/Verdun is the first biggest project that the government is implementing is a four-lane highway stretching 15 km, with facilities to develop ways to slow vehicles called 'crawler lane'. This project also includes two intersections, two bridges, five roundabouts. The project costs Rs 2.2 billion to the state and is funded largely by the French Development Agency (AFD). She offered to Mauritius 40 million euros for the Implementation of the first phase. The French engineering firm in association with Gibb (Mauritius) Ltd has acted as consultant. The 40 million euro, representing 91% of the total sum. The second phase will link Verdun to Trianon. The work will be financed by the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa. Assistance of 21 million euros is expected. The cost of this road 10 km long is 35 million euro. It was in October 2012 that the Red Earth / Verdun Link Road will be ready.
The Harbour Bridge is also a PPP, said the officer of the RDA. "We launched a tender for a 'service provider' which will invest to build the Harbour Bridge. Thereafter, it will operate this route for 30 years and amortize its investment through the toll system "The Harbour Bridge also called the Dream Bridge will be connected to the Ring Road. Value date, the project is limited to one number and one imaginary design. The firm who will win the contract that will bring his idea itself, and its design. Then we will know the true cost of this project, "said the officer. The Harbour Bridge will provide benefits that will improve traffic flow and encourage business development, trade, tourism and economic sectors.
The Dream Bridge is total length of 2.7 kilometers, and will spanning the harbour of Port Louis. The project will start in Salinas. Drivers can access it through a heat exchanger will be constructed at Caudan, at the junction of Road Reserves-Cassis. This bridge will alleviate much of the traffic flow from Beau-Bassin and other. Because it will be connected to the Ring Road.
Project Phoenix-Beaux Songes is, meanwhile, finished at 75%.