The Fate of Terre-Rouge-Verdun Road

The notorious cracks along the part of the Terre-Rouge-Verdun road situated between the roundabouts of Ripailles and Valton are the subject of a series of discussion at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.

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The ministry had initially gathered experts to gauge the state of the road, together with others from the legal domain. The latter have scanned all the contracts that were given out at the different phases of construction of the ‘unfortunate’ 3-billion-worth road that crumbled and cracked in a matter of weeks after its inauguration.

It has not yet been decided as to which entity will finance the works that are to be done on the road, according to the statements of Nando Bodha.

The current circumstances are such that it is difficult to determine who will shoulder the responsibility of the construction works, and how long will it last.

Meanwhile, the road will remain closed for the purpose of more tests that need to be performed. Government engineers had paid a visit to the site yesterday itself to take some samples and evaluate the extent of damage. The water that had accumulated last week was still found present on the grounds, and at the very same level. According to some of the experts, more cracks are expected to appear in the coming days, while the existing ones are to enlarge further. They explained that the water has caused much damage to the road, having caused it to swell, thereby rendering it unstable. But, the water will possibly dry up now that the sun is back again.

Furthermore, an engineer from the French firm, BCEOM (Egis International), was expected today morning. The company was previously entrusted with the design of the road, as well as the supervision of the works. Our government believes that the design itself was faulty, causing the cracks to pop up.

The other firm having undertaken the construction works (Colas) is of the opinion that two solutions might be considered from now: either carrying out works on the surface of the cracked road, or, breaking everything down to build a new road altogether.

1 comment

  • Surely it’s the contractor and/or designer who should pay. Any sensible construction contract includes clauses stating that, in the event of damage occurring within a set period (say, one year after opening) the contractor will carry out repairs at its expense.

    Did the former government really sign a contract for a major undertaking of this kind without any protective clauses?

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