Con­struc­ti­on of Dia­mond over­pass to start next year

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Govern­ment is fast-trac­king plans to ea­se the traf­fic nightma­re at the Dia­mond in­ter­sec­ti­on, East Bank De­me­ra­ra. Ac­cor­ding to the Mi­ni­stry of Pu­blic In­fra­struc­tu­re, the­re are plans to con­struct a ve­hi­cu­lar over­pass in this area. The plans we­re an­noun­ced ear­lier this year, with the ground­work being laid. Pro­jects Ma­na­ger of the Mi­ni­stry, Su­nil Ga­nesh, dis­clo­sed in a Govern­ment sta­te­ment that ten­ders for the pro­ject should be ad­ver­ti­sed next month and works will com­men­ce ear­ly next year. “The­re are about 20,000 ve­hi­cles that use that in­ter­sec­ti­on, so this ve­hi­cle over­head pass would sig­ni­fi­cantly re­du­ce the backup of traf­fic exis­ting in Dia­mond, so when the ve­hi­cle over­head pass is com­ple­ted you ha­ve free flow of traf­fic co­ming out of Dia­mond, the­re will be al­most ze­ro de­lay,” Ga­nesh ex­plai­ned. The pro­ject ma­na­ger ad­ded that in ad­di­ti­on to the ve­hi­cu­lar over­head pass, pe­de­stri­an over­head pas­ses would be con­struc­ted at the Har­bor Brid­ge next to the of­fi­ce of the Neigh­bor­hood De­mo­cra­tic Coun­cil, ano­ther at Ec­cles on the eas­tern si­de of the traf­fic light and a third in the vi­ci­ni­ty of the Hous­ton Se­conda­ry School. Me­an­w­hi­le, the East Bank Four La­ne ex­pan­si­on pro­ject that star­ted in 2012 is al­most com­ple­ted. The Mi­ni­stry is cur­rent­ly wor­king on in­stal­ling traf­fic signs and road mar­kings on cer­tain sec­ti­ons of the road. The pro­ject was fun­ded by the In­ter-Ame­ri­can De­vel­op­ment Bank (IDB) at US$17 M. With re­gards to the Dia­mond in­ter­sec­ti­on, with thou­sands of new ho­mes in the area and an in­flux of new ve­hi­cles being im­por­ted, the lo­ne ac­cess road to the sche­me has proven to be a ma­jor con­ge­sti­on pro­blem, es­pe­ci­al­ly du­ring the rush hours. The in­ter­sec­ti­on has re­sul­ted in a bott­le­neck si­tu­a­ti­on with frus­tra­ted dri­vers and re­si­dents ur­ging for an al­ter­na­ti­ve road. The Dia­mond/Gro­ve hou­sing sche­mes are among the lar­gest and ne­west in the coun­try, with rapid growth re­cor­ded. A num­ber of banks, hardwa­re sto­res, schools, taxi ser­vi­ces and even a mar­ket tar­mac ha­ve been con­struc­ted.


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