Roadworks moving apace at Canal No. 1

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Canal Number One, (West Bank Demerara) access road will soon be a completely rehabilitated asphalt road with the added feature of ‘speed bumps’.

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MOPI) is currently refurbishing the stretch of road, which was previously severely deteriorated, to allow for better access for scores of pedestrians and drivers. The road users would utilize that particular road to access communities such as Inner Bagotville, Onderneeming, La Parfaite Harmonie, and Westminster.

Ongoing Roadworks in Canal No. 1.

Previously, the road, which is one of two main access points to several housing schemes, was uneven and filled with potholes. A series of accidents have occurred in the area due to the deplorable conditions of the road.

Appreciative residents told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the road has not been resurfaced or rehabilitated for decades.

Sandra Pompey, who resides in Inner Bagotville for over thirty years, said: “well after Burnham do the road, the road didn’t do back from since then and we so happy and proud that the road is doing… we very happy.”

Marlon McRae, a foreman attached to MOPI’s Special Projects Unit (SPU) said that currently, approximately two miles of road in Canal Number One is being rehabilitated.

So far, about four inches of compacted crusher run has been placed on the road.

“We did some shoulder work and we’re actually blinding the road now because what you find, when the sun is out and we don’t get to soak [the road] enough, the dust affects the residents so [we’re] trying to blind it off as fast as possible.”

McRae hopes to begin paving the road by Monday, once the weather is favourable.

The road project is slated to be completed by the end of March but the timeline is dependent on weather conditions. Many drivers of public and private transport seemed very pleased with the venture as they have been facing tremendous maintenance cost due to their vehicles traversing the deplorable roads.

Foreman of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s Special Projects Unit, Marlon McRae.

Sandra Pompey.


By: Nateshia Isaacs