[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Minister of Public Infrastructure says that the Linden to Lethem road which suffered partial collapses in the past days should be accessible to traffic from today, Saturday, May 23 but that accessibility would have restrictions.
In a statement to the media, the Ministry noted that “temporary bypasses are currently under construction in an effort to alleviate the traffic build-up due to the erosion of culverts which caused two sections – Miles 1 and 12 – from Annai heading towards Lethem to collapse. The road link is essential for transporting goods and other commodities to and from Lethem.”
It was noted that will a bypass culvert to Mile 12 will be completed “which also facilitate vehicles carrying loads not greater than five tonnes. The bypass/culvert is scheduled to be completed by tomorrow May 23, 2015.”
It was noted that after the collapse a team of engineers from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure were immediately dispatched to assess the area and to formulate corrective short and long terms measures to remedy the situation.
According to Naeem Mohamed, the Ministry’s Hinterland Engineer, the eroded area is placed with six 3”x12” planks at Mile 1 which is traversable for light motor vehicles,” the statement pointed out.
Mohamed explained that the erosion occurred as a result of the high intensity torrential rainfall experienced over the past few weeks.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, has requested his Engineers to carry out a full assessment of the affected areas to determine permanent procedures that would prevent any re-occurrences in the future.