About 10 years ago, I had appealed to the Ministry of Works, via the press, to rehabilitate the Bartica-Potaro Road, a motorable stretch of 111 Miles back in the 1930s way up to the 1980s.
This colonial legacy was the main artery or roadway from the remote hinterland locations to Bartica, then to the city, and back.
Because of the ongoing protest at Linden, the Linden bridge has been closed. This has stopped vehicular traffic from the city directly to Mahdia and other interior communities.
Commercial activities in these areas have slowed; supplies, be they mining, food, etc., can be transported only by air at an extravagant cost.
This critical situation evidently necessitates the rehabilitation and the use of the Bartica/Potaro roadway as an alternative to the current situation, not the first.
And also as a future option or choice of the route to commuters, taxpayers’ monies should be used to finance this essential project and contracts should be awarded to efficient contractors, the ones who have the experience, expertise and competence. A toll-station should be established at the forty-five-mile location Bartica/Potaro road or at some other ideal point.
Obviously, the reality of this project will be a relief to all the hinterland residents, specifically to Mahdia and other heavily populated, economically and commercially thriving communities.
We hopefully look forward and optimistically envision this rehabilitation.
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