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July 30
15:18 2018

Resurfacing of Holy Emmanuel Street (Gungulung) behind the Charles Bartlett Hyde (Complex) Building has been delayed until sometime around September because of other street works in which the company interested in the project is currently engaged.

Holy Emmanuel Street, which measures a little bit less than a half a mile in length from Lacroix Boulevard to the Western Highway, was resurfaced in the summer of 2012 at a cost of over $200,000. The contractor at that time was RJB Construction, which, according to then Mayor Darrel Bradley, did a “double coating of chip and seal.” But the stretch of road has deteriorated and already needs to be completely redone. RJB is the same company which is responsible for Lake Independence Boulevard, which deteriorated just months after its completion.

Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold told the Reporter that a street construction company had expressed interest in resurfacing Holy Emmanuel Street, but it had not presented its price to get the work done. The company is now engaged in other street work, however, and when that other project is completed, the company will do its preliminary work which includes taking measurements to determine how much material the street will require before the company submits its proposal for the project.

Arnold said the company wanted an entire package which would entail providing financing for the work, but he said the Council will use its in-house engineer and street crew to come up with a rough estimate of how much the project should cost. Based on that, the Council will see whether their calculations are in the vicinity of what the company proposes, and if it is something that is feasible for the Council then it will grant the company the contract for the rebuilding of Holy Emmanuel Street.

Arnold added that in keeping with the Council’s mandate to engage in projects that offer value for money, it will have to put out tenders for bidding to other construction companies if the current proposal is on the high end of the Council’s figures.

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