The first phase of the long-awaited Linden/Lethem road project is expected to commence shortly and once completed commuters including residents, tourists, miners and business proprietors could expect a vastly improved carriageway.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Geoffrey Vaughn was quoted as saying in a recent interview with Department of Public Information/ Government Information Agency ((DPI)/GINA) that the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the government will advertise shortly for a consultant to review the existing studies for the works. Subsequently tenders will be sent out for works to commence on the Linden/ Lethem road.
Also, according to DPI/GINA, the feasibility study for the Linden Soesdyke Highway rehabilitation has been put on hold. Vaughn explained that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is currently revising the scope of works on the Sheriff Street/Mandela Avenue Road Project Lots six and seven.
He noted that it was under the loan for this project that monies were allocated for the feasibility study for the Linden Soesdyke highway. Due to this set back the feasibility study has also has also been halted.
“It was a project that would have been falling under the IDB (Inter-American Development) loan of 2741 but there is some re-scoping of loan 2741 with the government and the IDB. So once the re-scoping is completed then we’ll determine where the feasibility study will be done for the Linden Soesdyke road”, Vaughn added.