The Barbados Association of Professional Engineers weighed in on the ongoing expansion of the ABC highway today, in a commentary based on observations made of the project. The main key concerns raised in the memo are: (link leads to pdf download of BAPE release)
- the flyover solution was agreed before a traffic study was done; and this study washen undertaken by the same firm whose flyover proposal had already been accepted;
- the approval process for a project requiring such a large investment of public funds hould have included a rigorous technical and economic feasibility study.
In addition to the company’s financial position, the qualification of a contractor to undertake thisroject should also have included consideration of the qualifications and experience of the key
personnel, the nature of the contractor’s past experience, and a review of the firm’s litigation history.
They then raise concerns on a number of issues including drainage, lighting, electrical and design issues. While the concerns are based simply on observations of the project under construction they do make interesting reading.
While Government seems to respond to most public challenges like this by either rubbishing the concern or by ignoring it completely, it would seem that there is at one and the same time an opportunity and a challenge here for Government and 3S construction. If they want to engage on this issue and provide information we would all benefit. If they choose to stonewall and retreat into siege mode, then the public will be forced to draw its own conclusions as to who is right and who is wrong.