East Coast high­way clo­sure causes ma­jor traf­fic de­lays

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on the road way.

Ersk­ine had also ex­plained that paving of the road had com­menced from Bet­ter Hope to Mon­trose and once com­pleted, will greatly ease the con­ges­tion along that sec­tion.

“I feel once the paving works start you will see a lot of ease in the terms of the build-up of traf­fic be­cause you can go at higher speeds. Cur­rently, over­all, it’s at 40% [com­pleted] but works are only go­ing on the four-lane sec­tion which is about 70% com­pleted. We’re work­ing to­wards sub­stan­tial com­ple­tion by the end of the year and I mean that most of the paving works for the four-lane sec­tion should be at 90% and just mi­nor works will be left,” he added.

Work on the project be­gan last year Au­gust and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Au­gust 2019. The project will see the widen­ing of the car­riage­way from a twolane road into four lanes be­tween Bet­ter Hope and An­nan­dale. Af­ter An­nan­dale, there will be an asphaltic con­crete sur­face up­grade up to Belfield.

The US$46,995,941.34 con­tract for the works is be­ing funded by the Gov­ern­ment of Guyana and the Ex­port-Im­port Bank of China.

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