Reconstruction of the LABIDCO Corridor and Pipeline ROW Project

 

The La Brea Industrial Development Company Limited (LABIDCO) was established to manage the La Brea Industrial Estate in 1995 and since then, the estate has grown steadily to become a significant industrial centre in the south-western region of the country. The estate’s Main Corridor has been in use for over twenty (20) years and now requires reconstruction to meet the expanding needs of the estate and Port of Brighton operations. To this end, a contract was awarded to Junior Sammy Contractors Limited (JSCL) for the Reconstruction of the La Brea Industrial Development Company Limited (LABIDCO) Corridor and Pipeline Right of Way (ROW) Project.

The project, which was designed by Trintoplan Consultants Limited, saw the collaboration of Caribbean Gas Chemical Limited (CGCL) and National Energy. The Business and Technical Support (BTS) Department reviewed the scope for the design and the construction phase of the works is being managed by the Infrastructure Planning and Development (IPD) Department.

The project entails widening and realignment of the existing roadway which is being conducted in phases, to minimize disruption to traffic flow at the estate. The new roadway will be 8m wide with a 3m wide shoulder on either side. This is being done primarily to accommodate movement of modules for the construction of the CGCL plant in 2017. For the pipeline ROW, an embankment is being constructed to accommodate the CGCL pipeline.

The corridor’s drainage is also being enhanced based on an upgrade to the design. Sub-surface drains are being installed to handle ground water and new surface drainage will also be installed throughout the length of the roadway.

Another major element of the reconstruction project involves relocation of utility lines including electricity, water and communication. Discussions are being held with stakeholders including tenants, T&TEC, WASA and TSTT in order to manage the repositioning of these lines in a safe and efficient manner while minimizing disruptions to services. A plan is also being put in place for protection of NGC pipelines during the works.

As at the end of August 2016 the works were 36% completed and on average, 50% of persons employed on the project come from the community of La Brea and environs. To date, there have been no accidents on the project and dust control measures have been implemented and will continue until asphalt is placed on the roadway. The traffic management plan has been working well and there has been good cooperation among stakeholders who are all looking forward to using the upgraded corridor.

             

 

 
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