US$6.6M road project underway at Black Bush Polder
Works to rehabilitate 34.5 kilometers of roadway at Black Bush Polder are underway. Fifteen per cent of the project includes the replacement of two timber bridges and the excavation and backfill of the 4.5 kilometer of the road surface with white sand to accommodate widening.
Sunil Ganesh, Bridges Engineer of the Ministry of Public Works and Communications, stated that of the 4.5 kilometers of the road, sub-base material has been placed on three kilometers. Of that distance base material has been applied to two kilometers.
The base material is a crush stone surface and the sub-base is the recycling of the existing road material.
The scope of the US$6.6M project involves rehabilitation of the existing roadway with an asphalted concrete surface. The stretch would also be widened to six metres to facilitate two lanes of traffic.
According to Ganesh, the road in its current form cannot accommodate two lanes of traffic; if two vehicles were to traverse the road simultaneously one of them would have had to use the shoulder of the road to give clearance to the other.
Owing to this, it is difficult for large farming machinery to make daily commute.
The project also involves the construction of five concrete and two timber bridges.
Works the two timber bridges entail the replacement of the existing super structures. In addition, the contractor, BK International, has to construct 80 pipe culverts.
The construction of the project commenced last September and is expected to conclude next year.
This is not the first time that Region Six is benefiting from major road works. In 2009 Government completed 87 kilometers of roadway from New Amsterdam to Moleson Creek.