Georgetown’s first major roundabout – at the junction of Vlissengen Road and Carifesta Avenue – officially opened yesterday, four weeks ahead of schedule.
According to Government officials, it will significantly improve the flow of vehicles, and two others are planned – one on Sheriff Street under the Sheriff/Mandela Avenue road project and another at Timehri.
At the opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson said the $79Million roundabout was not quite complete with some outstanding items remaining, including landscaping of the centre. “We decided that the landscaping will depict flowers of the Caribbean in keeping with the Carifesta theme; a suitable private company will be selected to execute that. Traffic lights will be installed and the painting of the medians and curbs with reflective paints will be done by the ministry shortly.”
The final phase is the waterfront development, in which the seawall area from the Kitty pump station to the Pegasus Hotel will be upgraded into a commercial space. Work on that project is yet to commence, but the consultancy has been awarded, and a first report is expected in October.
Patterson recalled that the first phase began with the upgrading of Carifesta Avenue in 2016 for over $182Million, including new street lights.
Following that, extensive pipe works were conducted in the vicinity of the roundabout after a sinkhole developed in December due to the failure of three pipes feeding the Kitty pump station. That entailed the installation of culverts along Kitty, Vlissingen Road and Carifesta Avenue leading to the pump station in order to improve drainage in the outlying areas and to create a firm base for the roundabout.
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson, Minister of Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes, and members of the diplomatic corps were also in attendance at the opening ceremony.
The contract was completed by S Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Constructing Services.
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