Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson has inspected and confirmed that ongoing maintenance works have commenced on the Linden/Ituni/Kwakwani road, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.
Earlier in May, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) awarded six road contracts valued over $650Million to several contractors for the maintenance of the Rockstone-Mabura, Kurupukari/Annai/Lethem and the Linden/Ituni/Kwakwani roads.
However, the projects were delayed due to intense rainfall that made the road impassable. Minister Patterson said the original plan was to have the work commence earlier since piles of laterite were stockpiled since 2017 so that the contractor would be able to address maintenance issues immediately.
“Unfortunately, it took a while to happen, so the plans we had were not able to be effected, I must apologise for the late start but I came today to ensure that the contractors have started and I have confirmed that they have,” Minister Patterson explained, according to DPI.
During budget 2018, it was agreed that GGMC would fund certain roads including the Linden/Ituni/Kwakwani. Minister Patterson noted that although the road does not fall under the purview of his ministry, he still provided the technical support with the tender document and the specification of the works.
He stated that the long-term plan to transform it into a concrete road is underway.
The maintenance works are being undertaken by International Import and Supplies for a period of one year, DPI said.