Last week, Senior Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh, on behalf of Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Saudi Fund for Development, Mr. Sultan A. Al-Marshad for the construction of the Wismar/Mackenzie Bridge. Subsequently, Dr. Ashni Singh, and President of the Islamic Development Bank Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser also signed a US$200 million framework agreement for the reconstruction of the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.
This project will see the rehabilitation and reconstruction of 73 kilometres of the highway with two lanes undivided, nine bridges, and six culverts with improved design, quality and standards.
The project also includes ancillary works and road corridor improvements providing essential public administration support, improved connectivity with communities, roadside and other facilities.
These are two pertinent infrastructural development projects that will benefit Linden and by extension, Region 10. Regional officials were calling on central government to ensure a new Wismar/Mackenzie bridge be constructed since this is necessary to facilitate the increased traffic flow that will be created from the construction of the Linden to Mabura thoroughfare. Motorists are already experiencing long waiting periods during peak hours to cross the bridge. This recently worsen with the movement of large machinery and heavy-duty trucks crossing daily with materials etc. for the Linden to Lethem Road construction.
Meanwhile the Linden Soesdyke Highway is currently in dire need for upgrade and lighting. This move is welcomed particularly by drivers plying the Linden to Georgetown route and residents commuting to and from the two towns for work or study daily.