The Minister of National Infrastructure and Community Development, Mr Mahendranuth Sharma Hurreeram effected a site visit, yesterday, on the construction site of the A1-M1 Link bridge at the Grand River North West (GRNW) Valley to take stock of progress of works.
In a statement, he expressed satisfaction as regard works achieved so far and highlighted that the project is well on target. The Minister also pointed out that 97% of works have been achieved and the bridge is expected to be completed by December.
Mr Hurreeram moreover indicated that cutting-edged technologies are being used for this project. He opined that Mauritian engineers and other officers have had the opportunity to learn from international experts and will be able to implement more complex projects in the country.
A1-M1 Link Road
The A1-M1 Link Road is a one km long dual carriageway to link the Port Louis-St Jean Road (A1) at Chebel through a 330 m long bridge via the GRNW valley to Motorway M1 and the existing Ring Road Phase 1 at Sorèze. The construction of A1-M1 Link Road including the A1-M1 Link bridge is being funded to the tune of around Rs 4.31 billion.
The A1-M1 Linkroad will improve the distribution of traffic within the network of the A1 Road and M1 Motorway and will provide an alternative access to the capital city of Port Louis for traffic originating from Rose-Hill, Beau Basin, Chebel, and Chapman Hill, upper Coromandel.
In order to connect A1-M1 bridge with A1 road, a new roundabout is being built near Gamma Civic Ltd at Chebel and improve the accessibility to Port Louis and Beau Bassin. The Chebel roundabout will be connected with A1-A3 Link Road whereby vehicles from Port Louis will be able to move to the west of the country via Ring Road and A1-M1 Link Road.
For the connection between M1 motorway and A1 road, an extra-dosed bridge with a total length of 330 m and 23 m width is being constructed at the GRNW Valley. It is expected that the bridge will be ranked as the most aesthetic structure of Mauritius and play an important role as a national landmark in Mauritius.