|Work on Hot Rod track to start at the end of March|
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Mar 29, 2012
Work on a state-of-the-art internationally certified Hot Rod track complex is expected to start at the end of the month, revealed Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard.
The complex sits high on the list for sporting facilities that will be constructed in the first phase of the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre. The Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium topped the construction list, with the Hot Rod Track and the Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium following. Both sporting arenas were demolished back in 2006, in order for the 15,000-seat national stadium to be built.
“The Hot Rod facility was always a part of Phase I for the sports center redevelopment,” said Maynard in an earlier interview. “It needed to be designed properly and that design process is being completed. The contractors now have it and are putting in their schedule. The last advice given was work would begin at the end of March.
“The old facility had to be dug up in order to accommodate the parking area and roadway for the redevelopment master plan, so we had to replace their facilities and that was one of the most urgent ones. Number two on the urgent list was of course the baseball facility, which was demolished by the former administration in order to accommodate the footprint for the stadium itself. We expect that the final drawing will be completed for that and once those are completed, we will be in a position to get that project going as well.”
The Hot Rod Track will run parallel with corridor nine which is at the start of the roundabout by Government High School (GHS), to the roundabout on the New Providence Highway to Stapledon Road.
The construction cost for the track is not known, but it is projected in the overall budget total for Phase I, which is around $48 million, said the minister. The roadwork and parking lots in the area are included in Phase I. They are expected to be completed by the end of June. The Hot Rod Track should be done by the end of the year.
He said: “We can do more than one thing at a time. We did three roads simultaneously, so while they are completing those roads we are going to start with the Hot Rod Track. It is the same type of work. It requires the same type of equipment and it is all a part of the general contract and comes under the first phase of the redevelopment.”
Maynard was unable to answer whether or not the project has gone over the original budget, but he did reveal that they were experiencing some challenges which will require additional funds in certain areas.