GIS – 28 November, 2016: The first Government to Government contract agreement between Mauritius and South Korea for consultancy services for the design of the Jumbo/Phoenix/Dowlut roundabouts and the A1-M1 Link Road, connecting the motorway at Soreze to Coromandel Royal Road, was signed on 25 November 2016 between the Road Development Authority (RDA) and the Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC) in Port Louis.
On this occasion, the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr N. Bodha, announced that the cost for the two projects will amount to Rs 5 billion and that Mauritius will benefit from a discount of Rs 106 million on the consultancy services. He also stressed that KEC, with 45 years of experience and 6 000 staff, is behind the construction of 9 000 bridges and 853 tunnels around the world and of the world’s tallest building in Dubai.
The consultancy services of KEC were chosen solely for the design, engineering, project management, supervision and defect liability of the two projects for road decongestion, he added. The technical documents for the bids are expected to be ready by December 2016 and open international tenders will be launched in March 2017. Works on the two projects are expected to begin in May 2017 to ensure that these projects are operational within 24 to 30 months, the Minister underlined.
He further added that the Jumbo/Phoenix/Dowlut roundabouts and the A1-M1 Link road form part of the National Transport Network which is worth Rs 40 billion, and that the design of the two projects takes into account the layout of the metro express.
KEC's representative, Mr Jeong, recalled that the bilateral cooperation dates back to 2015, following Minister Bodha's visit to South Korea. He gave assurance that KEC will put its skills and experience to the service of Mauritius so that the road decongestion project, including the implementation of the Phoenix interchange and the Coromandel/Soreze Link Road, is a success.
The first project is the Grade Separated Junction at Phoenix, Jumbo and Dowlut roundabouts. It consists of a viaduct along the M1 over the Phoenix roundabout with 2 lanes in each direction and viaduct over the Jumbo & Phoenix roundabout for the 2 northbound lanes. Additionally, the Dowlut roundabout will be replaced by a direct connector between Port Louis and Curepipe in order to ensure uninterrupted traffic flow.
The second project consists of a flyover over GRNW between Soreze and Coromandel, Soreze interchange and a Grade Separated and roundabout at Chebel. The flyover will enable motorists to directly access the motorway and the Ring Road. At Soreze, an interchange will be built to allow motorists to either go to Port Louis or Curepipe with the M1, or to the Ring Road to avoid Port Louis and go north. On the Chebel side of the A1-M1 Bridge, the road will be extended to Gros-Cailloux.
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