Mahaicony community gets first-time asphaltic concrete road
DPI, GUYANA, Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Residents of Rebecca’s Lust also known as High Dam, in Mahaicony, Region Five are soon to benefit from an asphaltic concrete road, which is expected to last more than 20 years.
Project Engineer from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MoPI), Anthony Haynes told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the intervention was undertaken following a request from the region’s administration, to have the road rehabilitated.
The road which was said to be “partly earthen dam and partly pond” will be transformed into a 2-inch asphaltic concrete structure, that will stretch approximately 0.3 kilometres beginning from the main road.
The project which is valued at over $20M includes excavation, white sand, and loam filling among others. Haynes pointed out that “when we started the work we found that the sub base was very weak so we had to do extensive excavation because of the ponds on the road”.
“So, we have a case where, in the sub base there are approximately five feet of sand and we placed another one foot of mixed loam to give us our base course and then we will put the final course which is the asphaltic concrete.”
The works that are pending include shoulder corrections, this entails removing the white sand and loam in those areas and replacing with clay to ensure the durability of the structure.
According to the Project Engineer, the aim is “to provide relief to the residents, some of whom have been living here for the last 30 years.” He added that the works are in keeping with the Ministry’s aim to provide new and upgraded roads for neglected communities across Guyana.
The works which commenced last October are expected to conclude this week, providing there is no inclement weather. The $22M contract for the works was awarded to Chung’s Global Enterprise.
The government has emphasised its commitment to the continued development of the country’s infrastructure in the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges both on the coastal plain and in the hinterland regions in order to foster growth and economic development.
To this end, the MoPI was allocated the sum of $32B in the 2018 National Budget for its projects this year as well as roll-over jobs.
By: Ranetta La Fleur
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