Bourda Street rehabilitation commences
DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The rehabilitative works on Bourda Street, which commenced today, will see the street transformed into an asphaltic concrete structure.
The project is a collaboration between the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MoPI) and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC)
Clerk of Works at the Ministry, Shemroy Skeffers told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the project is being undertaken by the Ministry’s Special Projects Unit (SPU). Skeffers explained, it entails the placement and compacting of crusher-run to the existing surface and two inches of asphaltic concrete for the finished surface.
In November 2017, the M&CC commenced preparations for the critical repairs of the street, however, these plans were inadvertently delayed. Skeffers explained that this was because they were waiting for the Town Council to complete “drainage and other remedial works”. He pointed out that the inclement weather was also a challenge. Skeffers said, for this project, the stretch of road from Regent Street to North Road will be rehabilitated.
According to the city’s Town Clerk Royston King, once the road is completed, vendors will not be allowed to use the stalls which they are currently occupying but rather, will be required to construct new stalls with M&CC’s guidance, as it relates to their dimensions.
Also, once the stalls are upgraded, the vendors will be expected to pay increased taxes to the council which will go towards providing extra security, lights, water and other services for a comfortable business environment.
The rehabilitative work on the road costs approximately $12M and is anticipated to be completed by next week.
The SPU is an arm of the Ministry’s Works Services Group which has responsibility for the execution of all foreign and nationally funded projects falling under the Ministry.
By: Ranetta La Fleur
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