Amongst the many infrastructural projects expected to be executed in Linden, President Irfaan Ali on Monday, announced that the current single lane Mackenzie/Wismar Bridge will be expanded into a four-lane bridge.
When executed, this will be an answer to the desire of residents to expand the bridge to meet the growing traffic needs of the town. The feasibility study for a double-lane bridge was conducted during the previous administration’s tenure. No timeframe was given when the process to construct the new bridge will commence, however residents and regional officials are calling for the bridge to be constructed in time for the completion of the Linden to Mabura road. The first phrase of the project is expected to be completed in three years.
The construction of the four-lane bridge President Ali said, is part of the administration’s commitment to the people.
“One of the important pillars of the government now is that we deliver what the people want, we understand what the people want,” he said.
The two projects are expected to transform Linden into a major service hub.
He also noted that upgrade to the Soesdyke -Linden Highway will commence shortly, with the approval of the US $120 M loan from the Islamic Development Bank.
The Government, through the Public Works Ministry, is looking to pre-qualify contractors for the upgrade of the Soesdyke-Linden Highway. In an advertisement on Friday, the Ministry stated that the Government of Guyana applied for financing from the IsDB toward the cost of the project and intends to apply part of the proceeds of this financing to payments under the contract for the reconstruction of the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.
The Ministry’s work services group (WSG) will be prequalifying contractors for the upgrading of the existing 72.43km two-lane, single-carriageway, and rural arterial highway. The scope of work entails milling of existing asphalt surface course, application of varying pavement structures above the milled sections of pavement inclusive of asphalt, sand asphalt, and sub-base; full-depth pavement reconstruction in certain sections, construction of two roundabouts along the alignment, sidewalk extensions to nine multi-span bridges, drainage work, and utility relocation, and installation of roadway lighting.
Other projects spoken of by the president include the launch of a technical programme, improving of child-friendly environments and recreational facilities, developing the tourism sector and the agricultural sector.