The community of Concord, surrounding villages and visitors frequenting the waterfall in the area will soon have more comfortable driving space and parking facilities due to the start of work on the Kuwaiti-funded Grenada Agricultural Feeder Road Projects.
The official signing and sod-turning ceremony for the EC$45 million (One EC dollar = US$0.37 cents) project was held last week Tuesday at Mama Cannes/Grand Bacolet, St Andrew.
The contract for the project was won by Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) which about two years ago took out most of its equipment from the island in the wake of problems with the former government on a new contract.
DIWI Regional Manager, Brian Constantine who will serve as the Consultants to the CCC project, said that Concord is one of the areas to benefit from the project.
He disclosed that a 14-metre single stand bridge would be constructed across the river between Concord Bridge and the Waterfall.
Recalling what transpired after the passage of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004, Constantine said there was debris 30 feet high behind the existing bridge, which cut off water to St George’s for three days, and as a result this new high bridge will ensure that this does not occur again.
In addition within the Concord village and the waterfall, passing-bys will be constructed every 200 meters to facilitate the movement of vehicles and on the plateau a car park will be constructed above the waterfall to avoid traffic congestion that occurs at the bottom of the waterfall, he said.
Constantine also recalled a trip taken with Works Minister, Gregory Bowen to neighbouring falls that took them across the river three times.
He said what they discovered on that trip was that farming was prevalent in this area.
As a result of the discovery, he pointed out that a small bridge will be built to encourage farming in the area.
In addition, two bridges might be constructed to open up more lands for farming within the community.
The areas in the country where construction work will be undertaken by CCC are Mt St John, Munich to Grand Bacolet, Winsor, Mamma Cannes – Grand Bacolet, Laura Estate and Mt. Tranquil in St. David’s, Waltham Estate, St Mark, as well as Clozier – Bull Hill and Concord in St John.
The areas in St Patrick earmarked for work by CCC are Norman Hill, Celeste, and Plaisance, and in St George: Confur to La Borie, and Beausejour to Willis.
Constantine believes that with the successful completion of phase two of the project, another phase three in Grenada is highly possible.
The Grenada Agricultural Feeder Road Project is financed by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.
Meanwhile, the new Chief Technical Officer in the Ministry of Works, Winston Gabriel told The New Today newspaper that the heavy-duty equipment that was shipped out of Grenada by CCC after controversy surrounding the continuation of phase two in Grenada will be returned to the island.
The CTO was not able to give a date for the return of the equipment, but said that local equipment will be rented by the company from private businesses in order to proceed with the work.
Gabriel, a qualified engineer, is back at the Works Ministry where he had served as CTO for many years under a previous NNP administration.