“Sinkhole” developing on improved $9.7B West Coast Demerara road

The part of the road that has been dubbed a sinkhole by the workers from the company that was given the contract to pave and upgrade it

A hole has developed on part of the newly paved West Coast of Demerara (WCD) road at Vreed-en-Hoop and has since caught the eyes of residents who have expressed worry.

The $9.7B road was only completed earlier this year by a Jamaican Company, Surrey, Paving and Aggregate Company Limited.

The road improvement project was officially launched on March 20, 2014 and was scheduled to be executed over a period of five years.

The expansion entailed the improvement of about 30.7 kilometres of the WCD road from Vreed-en-Hoop to Hydronie, East Bank Essequibo, just about one mile east of Parika.

INews understands that workers of the said company were seen drilling tiny holes surrounding the affected area and when questioned said that they are yet to determine the cause, but are working on the theory that it might be a “sinkhole”.

Workers drilling around the area as they investigate the issue

However, further testing is expected to continue as the company is reportedly seeking to have the issue rectified at the earliest.

It is being reported that prior to the forming of the hole on the road, the patch was uneven and rough causing motorists to avoid using that area.

The Public Infrastructure Minster when contacted was unaware of the issue.

Back in July when the road was commissioned by Government it was noted that the project was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Some 30.7 kilometers of the West Coast road was rehabilitated to include bridges and culverts, new ‘shared-use’ lanes for cyclists and pedestrians at key junctions, the installation of high visibility traffic signs and road markers, the installation of pedestrian footpath bridges, the construction of concrete drains at critical locations and the construction of parking lanes along identified sections of the road.


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