Temporary road flooded, not Manari By-pass road. – Min. Trotman
—assures repairs will commence as soon as the weather clears up.
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) has indicated that repairs will commence as soon as possible on the temporary road adjacent to the Manari By-pass road. This as the road has been flooded due to the torrential rainfall.
The Ministry says engineers are on standby as soon as the weather clears up.
Speaking to DPI, Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. Raphael Trotman clarified that it is not the Manari Bypass Road which is underwater.
“It is not the by-pass road installed by JR Ranch, but instead a new alignment built to facilitate motorist while the Manari Bridge is under construction.” Min. Trotman explained.
Drivers, in the meantime, are being directed through an alternative route through Nappi village. This route leads directly into Lethem. “Traffic is going through the old Nappi road and onto the new road opened this year that leads into Lethem,” Minister Trotman explained.
Currently, the Manari Bridge is being constructed as part of Government’s superhighway plan linking Linden in Region Ten, to Lethem in Region Nine.
The bridge was budgeted for in the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s 2019 budgetary allocation. However, while (MPI) is the lead agency on the project, the Ministry of Natural Resources is lending support to ensure the road remains passable before, during and after the rainy season, while the bridge is under construction.
Regional Executive Officer Carl Parker told DPI the Manari Bridge is nearing completion and will accommodate light vehicular traffic in 2 weeks, as the contractor moves ahead with laying the bridge’s deck on Friday, June 12.
Minister Trotman, is urging all motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution and to observe all safety signs when traversing the area.