Final designs for upgrade of Stabroek, Vreed-en-Hoop stellings due by May

–seawall waterfront upgrade part of project

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, January 9, 2020

The final designs for the upgrades to the Stabroek and Vreed-en Hoop stellings are due by May with the procurement process to follow.

Minister of Public Infrastructure, Hon. David Patterson told the media on Wednesday that the work when completed would provide greater accessibility to the two sides of the Demerara River.

He added that there would also be upgrades to the seawall waterfront to as far as Ogle.

Some $67.1Million of the $80Million allocated for the project last year has already been spent. Minister Patterson explained that the money was spent on the inception report for the design work, the feasibility study, and the climate vulnerability assessment, all of which have been completed.

According to the minister, only minimal work remains before the final design is submitted.

“What is to be done is the ESIA, the Environmental Social Impact Assessment, which is slated to be completed by January 31, the preliminary design by April and final design by May 2020,” he explained.

Once the final design is completed and a contract awarded, the project is estimated to run for 18 months. However, the minister noted that “it is meant for passenger transit not vehicular.”

Additionally, Minister Patterson said that plans are in the pipeline for a ferry terminal on the East Bank Demerara to give commuters an alternative to minibuses.

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