Shortage of materials causing delay in road repairs – GWI begs citizens’ patience


works-web[] The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) says during a recent tour by its top management, representatives of Nabi and Sons Limited indicated that the current country-wide shortage of road repair materials, including the vital ‘Crusher Run’ stone, is hampering the pace at which roads are being reinstated.

The GWI project team indicated that all measures are being explored to ensure that road repairs continue despite this shortage.

A team from GWI, including its Chief Executive Officer Shaik Baksh, Programme Managers and engineers toured a number of sites to inspect the reinstatement of roads, bridges and private property damaged during the US$10M Sanitation Improvement Programme (GSIP).

The team inspected streets which were completed following the reinstatement of the Sewerage Delivery Main including the junction at Hadfield and Haley Streets, Sussex, Forshaw, New Market, Regent, Barrack, Quamina, Waterloo, Wellington, Smythe and Light Streets.

“The GWI officials indicated their satisfaction with the reinstatement works and remarked that the same quality of work is expected from the contractors for the streets which will require repairs following the reinstatement of the Force Mains” a statement from the company said.

 This phase of the programme is on-going and will result in closed roads and traffic diversion in the following streets: Light Street and South Road junction to Regent and Light Street junction, Smyth and Hadfield junction to Smyth and South Road; Wellington and South Road to Wellington and Regent Streets; Hadfield and Winter Place to South Road junction; Wellington and Regent to Wellington and Quamina Streets.

The Utility is appealing to Georgetown residents for their patience as the remaining Force Main measures 580 mm in diameter and will require significant excavation of the aforementioned roadways. 

GWI has requested that contractors continue to ensure that the least inconvenience is caused to motorist and pedestrians and that all measures continue to be maintained to avoid hampering the flow of traffic.  The issue of dust emanating from work sites was also addressed and GWI requested that additional measures be implemented for dust control. 

Improved safety signs for motorist were also requested by GWI and the representatives of the contracting company indicated that this would be treated as a priority.  

Upon completion of the programme, expected in the third quarter of 2014, residents can expect a significant reduction in sewage overflows and an overall improvement in the sanitation and hygiene of Georgetown.



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