GIS – 13 July, 2018: A site visit was effected by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, yesterday at Grand River North West (GRNW) to take stock of the works which have started for the construction of a new bridge for the Metro Express Project.
The Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Alain Wong, and other personalities were also present for the site visit.
In a statement, the Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction with regards to the works being carried out on schedule for the construction of the new bridge. He highlighted that construction of the GRNW Metro Bridge will be completed in May 2019 adding that the overall construction work underway on 18 different sites is going in the right direction.
Prime Minister Jugnauth stated that these unprecedented construction works of such magnitude obviously cause some inconvenience to the public. In this respect, he made an appeal to the understanding and collaboration of everyone until completion of the Metro Express Project.
The GRNW Metro Bridge
As part of the 26 km track alignment of the Metro Express Project, connecting Port Louis to Curepipe, the first bridge to be erected is located at GRNW. Larsen & Toubro has been authorised to construct the GRNW Metro Bridge at a distance of approximately 15 metres from the existing old one, in view of preserving the latter which is a historical icon for the old rail track in Mauritius.
The new bridge will be 248.75 metres long, approximately 9.7 metres wide and of a maximum height of 27 metres above the ground. It will consist of eight circular concrete piers of 2.5 metres in diameter, two abutments, and a superstructure of pre-stressed concrete I-Girder of depth of 1.75 metres with cast-in-situ RCC deck.
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