Media Invitation – Opening of Coblentz Bridge
OPENING OF BRIDGE 1/1 COBLENTZ AVENUE, ST. ANN’S
The Honourable Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan, Minister of Works and Infrastructure, invites all Media to the Opening of Bridge 1/1 – Coblentz Avenue, St. Ann’s. This event will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday 3rd September, 2015 in the vicinity of the bridge. This project was undertaken by the Bridges, Landslips and Traffic Management Project Implementation Unit (BLT) of the Ministry.
Work on the Bridge 1/1 – Coblentz Avenue commenced in March of this year after surveys conducted at the site found that there were significant problems with the structure of the bridge. These included rotting metal pan decking, corrosion of steel beams and cracking abutments. As such, this bridge was selected for reconstruction in the first phase of the Bridges Reconstruction Programme.
With the initial construction schedule carded for one (1) year, the bridge was successfully completed in three (3) months by accelerating the programme of works. This included the use of high strength concrete, and glass reinforced plastic (GRP) as permanent formwork instead of traditional timber formwork for the deck slab. This type of formwork is easier and less time consuming to install and can be left-in place.