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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Aug. 27) — Construction of the 53-mile Compact Road is complete following the acceptance by the government of the last portion of the road, Aug. 20.

In a letter to Min Sok Kim, Daewoo’s Project Manager, C Alex Morrison Jr., Administrative Contracting Officer of the Army Corp. of Engineer said the turnover of the Package A-South segment of the road is "is considered substantially complete and acceptable."

The segment is the last area that was inspected by the Army Corps.

"This completes the segmental turnover of the Compact Road. I congratulate you on the completion of the road and look forward to the commemoration of the event with the ceremonies scheduled for Oct.1, 2007," Morrison said.

The warranty period also commenced on Aug. 20 covering the period until Aug. 20, 2008.

Morrison in his letter to Resources and Development Minister Fritz Koshiba said that "the substantial completion of this portion of the Compact Road means that the maintenance responsibility for the identified sections now shifts to the Republic of Palau."

Kim said that Daewoo‘s warranty scope includes the work made on the road but deficiency on the design is not part of the warranty.

Daewoo will not be responsible too for the landslide clean-up.

A formal turnover ceremony will coincide with the Independence Day celebration on Oct. 1.

The original road contract is $100 million but Daewoo spent $200 million to complete the road.

The project started in Nov. 1999, and is supposed to be finished by 2003, the project however was delayed due to the weather.

Kim said when the project started , Daewoo is employing at least 1,500 workers, with the project complete, 30 workers will be left for the warranty period.

Kim added that Daewoo’s biggest project in the Micronesia is Palau’s Compact Road.

Daewoo is a Korean-based company which is considered the number one construction company in Korea.

Construction of road is said to spur economic progress.

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