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Michel Martelly Officially Inaugurates the Delmas Viaduct

The construction of the overpass at the intersection with the road to Delmas, the Toussaint Louverture Boulevard and Martin Luther King Avenue, which was started in April 2013, has been completed and it has been inaugurated by President Martelly on Friday, August 7th, 2015. The Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul, Mr. Jules Cantave, President of the Court Cassation, Wilson Laleau, the Minister of Economy and Finance and several other members of the government were present at the inaugural venue at the Carrefour Airport intersection.

Delmas Viaduct is an eight channel exchanger; it has been built to open easy access to the areas neighboring Delmas, Nazon and above all, overcome the traffic problems. It was a $16.5 million project with PetroCaribe Funding, constructed by one Dominican construction firm 'Estrella' under the supervision of the firm LGL SA. The prime contract was awarded by the Directorate of Public Works of the Ministry. During his inaugural speech, the President Martelly has thanked all who had contributed to the work and welcomed the realization of such a "great work. Another second connector which will serve the population of Carrefour and users of the National No. 2, is presently under construction and is scheduled to open in September 2015.

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Delmas Viaduct costing over 10 million more then estimated for

Most projects with a cost overrun usually do not go over 10 to 20 percent of the original cost. However this is not the case for the Delmas Viaduct that was inaugurated in August, 2015. According to the candidate for President, Jude Celestin who actually came up with this plan to build the Viaduct, the entire project was estimated at 6 million US dollars.

The actual cost of this project funded by PetroCaribe is 16.5 million US dollars. It was built by the Dominican construction company Estrella. This is close to three times more to original amount it was estimated for.

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