Canal No. 2 roadworks recommence

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DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Repairs to the Canal No. 2 road, West Bank of Demerara have recommenced after a delay due to the heavy rains.

Foreman at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Marlon McRae told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that work is back on schedule: “We had to take a break and we came back like two days ago to start back working on it. We’re doing 2000 metres of road from the front, approximately a mile and a half, and at the back we’ll be doing some patch work.”

Previously, the road, which is one of two main access points to several housing schemes, was uneven and filled with potholes.  A layer of road binder (a unique water dispersion diluted into water carts and sprayed onto roads, airstrips and hardstand areas to control dust emissions) will be placed on the road followed by two inches of asphalt to compact the binder.

The works are expected to wrap up within the next two days, once god weather prevails. McRae said similar works would then be carried out at other areas: “So far we’re moving smooth and trying to move as fast as possible cause we have other areas to finish. The entire plan was to do Canal Numbers One and Two and the main road from Patentia to the Demerara Harbour Bridge.”

When completed, the newly rehabilitated asphalt road will be outfitted with speed bumps. All works are expected to wrap up in another month’s time. These works are being executed by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s Special Project Unit (SPU). The SPU conducts maintenance of constructed/rehabilitated roads.

The 2018 Budget has provision for $1.578B for the continuation of the SPU’s maintenance programme.

Ranetta La Fleur

Images: Leon Leung