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SLRA leads contractors to Pedestrian Overpass construction sites

Officials of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) and the Ministry of Transport and Aviation have led representatives of various construction companies and consultants to four proposed sites for the construction of pedestrian overpasses in the Western Area.

The visit at the Kissy-Shell, Jui Junction, Wilberforce, and Lumley proposed sites was conducted after a brief pre-bid meeting held at the authority’s conference room in Freetown.

The tour was intended for competing construction firms to assess the sites, have a clearer understanding of the proposed project designs and seek clarifications before they finally submit their bidding documents.

Addressing prospective bidders at the pre-bid meeting, the Consultant for the Integrated Resilient Urban Mobility Project (IRUMP) in the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, Akindele Beckley, explained that the construction of the overpasses is part of the civil works component of the project.

According to him, the aim of the project, among other things, is to decongest important sections in the city and develop an efficient public transport system.

He explained that IRUMP comprised of two key components; modernization of public transport in Sierra Leone, which will involve the provision of new fleet of buses and the restructuring of the transport sector and the development of infrastructure, including the construction of bus terminals and the design and construction of overpasses for pedestrians to enhance an efficient traffic system.

SLRA Director of Administration, Sidie Jawara expressed satisfaction for partnering with the Ministry of Transport to implement the IRUMP because of the many benefits it has on the development of the road sector.

Mr. Jawara stated that SLRA has placed so much priority on the project implementation that it is already included in the annual work plan of the institution.

He expressed hope that the eventual winner of the contract would deliver satisfactorily as expected.

The contract for the construction of the overpasses at the four locations is a design and build model. Although a conceptual design has been done by SLRA, the award of contract will be highly determined by the quality of proposals that will be presented as interested bidders are required to be innovative and produce alternative designs that can be more beautiful, modernized and cost effective.

Procurement Officer for IRUMP, Patrick Fayia, informed the prospective bidders that all payments for the contract will be made by stages of the construction and that the project will not allow the construction companies to enter into joint venture after they would have been shortlisted.

He encouraged the prospective bidders to file in all concerns for clarifications not later than two weeks before the closure of the bid in other to allow the project team to address their concerns in time.



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