Utilities removal stall works on four-lane highway
Relocation of Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI)’s conduits and piping inhibiting progress in expanding the East Bank Demerara Public Road into four-lane is expected to commence shortly. Cabinet has given its no-objection to the award of contracts totaling $96.2M for the installation of GWI’s utility network along the stretch from Providence to Diamond.
According to Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, the installation of the utility network over the margins of the new four-lane highway in the three Lots will facilitate construction of the structure.
Lot One of the road expansion starts from Providence and ends at Covent Garden. Works in this area have not been significantly affected by the presence of utilities, including electricity and telephone poles and cables in the area. Relocation of GWI utility in this area will cost Government $40.2M.
Meanwhile, in Lot Two, Covent Garden to DDL Sales Office, the relocation contract values $33.4M. This section, which targets the transformation of a section of the cane fields into roadway, has not been affected.
However, relocation works will be necessary to facilitate works on the western carriage way. Construction works in Lot Three, DDL Sales Office to Diamond Housing Scheme entrance, have halted owing to utilities. The contract to relocate the GWI utility in this section values $23.2M.
During an interview with a Public Works Ministry engineer, it was explained that initially when the consultants did the designs, provisions were made in the contract for the relocation of utilities, but while executing works, the cost estimated by consultants was less than that estimated by the utility companies.
It was noted that the Inter-American Development Bank was approached to provide additional funding, outside of the contract, for the relocation. So far, Guyana Power and Light Incorporated has commenced relocation of its poles.