FSMIS (September 24, 2014): The FSM Program Management Unit (PMU) Office, responsible for overseeing the implementation of infrastructure development projects pertinent to the Compact of Free Association between the FSM and the United States, came out with a recent update on the status of the Weno road project, in response to inquiries from the Public Information Office.
The road project was put on hold almost a year ago after the PMU decided to terminate construction contract with the Pacific International Inc. (PII) on November 7, 2013.
In his September 23rd email message, Mr. Bruce Howell from the PMU states that the construction contract for the continuation of the project "has gone through a number of revisions" when reviewed by the FSM Department of Justice (DOJ).
"We received the final version with DOJ signature yesterday (September 22nd). The contract is in finance now awaiting assignment of a contract number. Once this is complete, I will send to GPPC for signature. I hope we can do this today or . Once GPPC signs they will have 10 days to provide their performance and payment bonds and insurance certificates. Once we receive these, the PMU will issue a written notice to proceed. The contract performance period will commence 10 days from the date of the notice to proceed."
Mr. Howell goes on to indicate that, "If GPPC signs they have until to submit bonds. Say PMU issues notice to proceed by . Contract period starts on . GPPC should start their mobilization almost immediately. By mid November they should be doing productive work on the ground".
The PMU awarded the completion of the Weno road project to the Saipan-based contractor, GPPC, Inc., on April 9, 2014.