With the 2017 National Budget seeing an increase in regional budgetary allocations for road works, residents on the coastland are expected to benefit.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson during his Budget Presentation in the National Assembly last week, disclosed the following under miscellaneous roads:
Under Urban roads, allocations for Region Two saw an increase of 33 percent from the $40M in 2016 to $60M in 2017; Region Four rose 35 percent from the $131M allocated in 2016 to $204.463M in 2017; and Region Six, an increase of 9.8 percent from $115.4M in 2016 to $128M in 2017.
Region 10 however, fell slightly by 0.8 percent, from $101.363M in 2016 to $100.537M in 2017.
Sea and River Defence
The sum of $980M has been allocated for the continuation of the Third Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)-funded Sea and River Defence Project.
This project is slated to be completed by December 2018 and envisaged benefits include flood protection infrastructure; capacity building within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure; and community awareness and education.
Works will be conducted in Regions: Tw0, Three; Four; and Six. These works include 5.4 Kilometres of rehabilitative sea defence at eight sites in the identified regions.
Minister Patterson related also that Budget 2017 has provision for Miscellaneous Roads and Urban roads/drainage to the tune of $1.115B and $1.053B, respectively.
Meanwhile, Patterson stated that two rollover Bridges, at a cost of $37.8M, were completed. Three Bridges ( Liliendaal, Acrow Panel, No. 66 Truss Bridge, Corentyne and No. 51 Village, Corentyne) with a total contract sum of $169,810,450 have been awarded. These works are currently ongoing.
Another 10 Bridges with a total contract sum of $80.832M have been awarded and are at different stages of completion, Patterson stated. The Total expenditure at December 6, 2016 was $125.418M. Budget 2017 has provision for $220.050M under Bridges.
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