The highly anticipated Wismar/Mackenzie Bridge contract will go out to tender before year-end, according to Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, duing his outreach at the Watooka Guest House on Saturday. The design for the bridge is currently being executed.
“We are now designing a new bridge to cross the river here now and that would be tendered way before the end of the year. That alone is over US $300 million that we’d be spending from Soesdyke to Mabura, including the bridge,” the VP explained.
The US$300 million investment for the region includes the paving of the Soesdyke-Linden Highway at the cost of US$120 million, with funding from the Islamic Development Bank, which Dr. Jagdeo said is expected to be finalised in June.
There were calls for the bridge to be the next infrastructural project following the recent signing of the US$190 million Linden to Mabura road contract.
Additionally, the Vice President disclosed that the government will be investing $1 billion to develop the community roads in the region. This represents an increase from the initial $550 million which was earmarked for the region.
“That is the biggest allocation to the region ever in our history for roads, but when I came here people were very concerned about roads so when I went back, we increased it from $550 million to $1 billion which will be spent on community roads and small roads,” the Vice President pointed out to the residents.