Friars Hill, Airport Road Project Facing Cost Overruns


The government says the Solicitor General reported that the final drawings showing where the widened roadways would impinge on private property have not yet been presented.

Construction company BHM was selected by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), following a tendering process, to complete the work.

“As a consequence of the company’s failure to submit final drawings, property owners along Friars Hill Road and the George Walter Highway have been informed of the likely exercise of the power of eminent domain, and the forced sale of slivers of their property,” the government says.

It said, the exact quantum of land to be taken has not been communicated because BHM has not provided final drawings.

The Government says its Valuation Officer confirmed that until the exact measure of the land to be forcibly acquired is known, a valuation of the sliver of each property for a compelled sale cannot yet be made.

“The cost escalation, built into the project amount, is already at its limit.”

According to the government, the contractor has already moved to have an adjudicator to examine several issues in order to determine which of the parties will absorb the cost overruns.

The process of adjudicating will commence next week, after the Easter holidays.

A consultation with interested parties along both highways is scheduled to take place at the Multi-Purpose Center tonight, Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

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  1. Barbuda new Airport – bucked up
    Barbuda rebuilding – bucked up
    Friars Hill road – bucked up (money done)
    Airport road – bucked up (money done)
    Booby Alley – bucking up in progress
    Global Ports Contract – bucking up 90% complete
    YIDA – mangrove decimation bucking up ongoing
    New investments – bucking up in progress (golden shovel sales at all time high)
    ADOMS building – bucked up good and proper
    State Insurance new building – being bucked up as we speak
    ALP Headquarters Old Parham Road – bucked up on and off
    Antigua dept to GDP ratio – bucking towards 90%
    Prisoner release program aka HAPI – bucked up bad bad
    E-books program – bucked up good and proper
    Canadian Visa waiver – bucked up for good
    Odebrecht money laundering scandal – bucked under the carpet
    Water provision – bucked up indefinitely
    Electricity provision – bucked up indefinitely

    The Creative Enrichment Program – Operating at optimum efficiency level !!!!!!!!

  2. When a supposed leader tells officials to enrich themselves it was the golden ticket to continued failure and the only ones who will leave office better off is them.

  3. A person that is always taking is not prudent . I wonder why everything this PM touches seems to be failing .

    • Good leaders are few and far between. If one were to do the research on the qualities of a good leader honesty and integrity is prominently featured along with accountability and not least of all is empathy on which research says…”Last but certainly not the least, is empathy. Leaders should develop empathy with their followers. Unfortunately, most leaders follow a dictatorial style and neglect empathy altogether. Due to this, they fail to make a closer connection with their followers. Understanding the problems of your followers and feeling their pain is the first step to become an effective leader. Even that is not enough until you work hard and provide your followers with the suitable solution to their problems.” Can we really say these qualities exist in Antigua and Barbuda at this time? Failure is the result of obsessive greed and all about self.

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