US$44.3 million West Coast road project moving apace


road work[] – The work on the road project along the West Coast of Demerara, which is expected to last for three years, is moving apace and should all go well, the project would even pick up steam in the New Year.

This is according to Engineer attached to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Kester Hinds who is responsible for the dual contractual project. The project is in collaboration with the Government of Guyana and the Caribbean Development Bank, which was inked in 2014.

Hinds said the works are 15 percent complete, pointing out ome small glitches in the startup phase of the contract, including the delay in the delivery of materials, relocating utilities, removing encumbrances and addressing the issue of dust pollution.

The rehabilitation work, which stretches from Vreed – en – Hoop to Hydronie, is being executed by local contractor BK International and Jamaican company, Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited.

There are also two consultancy firms – one from Guyana and the other from Trinidad. In addition to the road expansion, there will also be the cycle facilities and pavements for pedestrians but those would be featured at locations that are populated.road work 2

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Guyana Power and Light and the Guyana Water Inc. all have had their utilities removed and while there are provisions in the contract for expenses for the removal of GT&T and GPL utilities, the same cannot be said for GWI.

This has caused the contractors and the ministry to foresee a slight increase in the overall cost of the project. Hinds explained that there have been massive utilities relocation since the project started and already two lots of utilities have been replaced.



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