Millions spent in first quarter to upgrade Region Six infrastructure

DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

With just four months into the new year, several roads and bridges in East Berbice-Corentyne, Region Six have already been rehabilitated; thus, improving connectivity for residents and school children across the region.

Ongoing rehabilitation works on a road near the waterfront leading into New Amsterdam.

Regional Executive Officer (REO), Kim Williams-Stephen told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that more than $11M was spent for infrastructural work in the region. Notably among the works executed, was the rehabilitation of the heavy-duty bridge at Timmer’s Dam into a concrete structure. This particular upgrade which bolster the bridge longevity has benefited over 500 residents including over 300 school children who utilise the structures daily. Additionally, Timmer Dam was transformed from double bitumen surface treatment (DBST) to a concrete structure.

“These works were done taking into consideration the fact that children have to access school and also residents should not be burdened with poor infrastructure. So is not only about having these works but they must be quality work,” Williams-Stephen related.

Similarly, a concrete bridge at Second Cross Street in Kildonan was repaired while several roads, including the Gibraltar School Street, were rehabilitated. The REO disclosed that there are several other projects in the pipeline for the region, especially from other Ministries.

“We’re having a number of services that are coming to Berbice, from the Ministries of Natural Resources, and Citizenship and we are grateful for their support.  The Ministry of Public Infrastructure is also doing rehabilitation works in other areas such as New Amsterdam.  The additional support from our stakeholders adds as a catalyst to the development of the region,” Williams-Stephen remarked.

The $6.4B accounted for the region in 2018 represents an increase from last year’s budget, with $544M. for capital programmes and $5.9B for current. Public infrastructure was given over $262M with the capital programme receiving over $141M.


By: Ranetta LaFleur