The Ministry of Housing and Water, through its Community Roads Improvement Programme (CRIP), has paved the way for over 2000 residents to directly benefit from improved roads in Anna Catherina, Windsor Forest and La Jalousie West Coast Demerara, Region Three. The roads were upgraded from double bitumen surface treatment to asphaltic concrete surface.
In June this year, the Ministry of Housing and Water awarded contracts totaling $80.704M to Bardon Construction Service, which was tasked with upgrading the Main Access Road to the cemetery-The Last Street and first cross street in Anna Catherina, Mandir Street in Windsor Forest, and Gap Road in La Jalousie.
Potholes and depressions that once caused inconveniences on the roadways have been replaced with smooth surfaces, boasting safety features for drivers and pedestrians.
Residents as well as members of the business community have expressed satisfaction with the quality of road works executed in their respective areas.
According to Sham Mahadeo, proprietor of ND&S Furniture Store, who has been operating his business at La Jalousie for the last 20 years, residents of the area are highly satisfied with the road upgrades. He opined that asphaltic concrete is the ideal surface for the roadway since it is heavily traversed. “From a business perspective, having the improved road is definitely more convenient for travel to and fro… monies spent on repairing vehicles would also reduce…I am looking forward to having more customers because potholes tend to deter persons from accessing an area,” the businessman said.
In a release, the ministry indicated that the residents shared the businessman’s enthusiasm of having an upgraded road. They told the Ministry officials that they have been waiting for this development for several years. Their only concern is that agricultural machinery could potentially reduce the lifespan of the structure.
Anna Catherina residents also expressed gratitude to the Ministry for the improved roads.
According to one resident; the roads were in terrible condition, especially during the rainy weather. “This work what we get from the contractor is really good, these are the best the roads we ever had and I hope heavy duty trucks don’t destroy them,” the man said.
He believes that the upgraded roads will open the community to more possibilities, enriching the lives of residents.
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