Sec­tion of new Vreed-en-Hoop road un­der­go­ing re­pairs

—works fall within de­fects li­a­bil­ity pe­riod

Stabroek News - - STARBROEK NEWS -

Four months af­ter its com­mis­sion­ing, just over 200 feet of the re­cently re­fur­bished and up­graded Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast De­mer­ara road has had to un­dergo re­pairs af­ter de­vel­op­ing large cracks and de­pres­sions.

When Stabroek News vis­ited the area on Wed­nes­day, sig­nif­i­cant works had al­ready started on the sec­tion, which res­i­dents said have been on­go­ing for more than two weeks.

“They come and they dig out the sec­tion and done do nuff work on it. I think they just have to pave it back over now but be­fore it was bad, bad,” one res­i­dent, who iden­ti­fied him­self as Smith re­lated.

The man ex­plained that large cracks run­ning in­ter­mit­tently across the sec­tion, along with de­pres­sions and other struc­tural faults had started de­vel­op­ing ap­prox­i­mately three months ago.

“It start small as usual, like it does with all these roads. First with lil’ cracks and lil’ holes and then like all of a sud­den it just get so worse that peo­ple start re­fus­ing to drive on it. So for that pe­riod of time it went like that, peo­ple just used to di­vert from it, which used to cause some prob­lems with the traf­fic on the other lanes but noth­ing se­ri­ous ever hap­pen. We just glad that they fix­ing it and it doesn’t hap­pen again,” the man added.

When con­tacted on Wed­nes­day, head of the Min­istry of Pub­lic In­fra­struc­ture’s (MPI) Work Ser­vices Group, Ge­of­frey Vaughn, con­firmed that re­pair works were be­ing done on the sec­tion by one of the con­trac­tors, BK In­ter­na­tional, as part of the de­fects li­a­bil­ity pe­riod that is en­shrined in the con­tract.

Vaughn also noted that the re­pair work is not se­ri­ous and noted that even if it was, the con­trac­tor would still be ob­li­gated to do the re­pair works. He added that, “these things do hap­pen.”

The West De­mer­ara road ex­pan­sion project was fi­nanced by the Govern­ment of Guyana, to­gether with the Caribbean De­vel­op­ment Bank to the tune of US$44.3 mil­lion. The project saw the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and ex­pan­sion of ap­prox­i­mately 30.7 km of road from Vreed-en-Hoop to Hy­dronie and also in­volved the re­place­ment and re­pair of bridges.

Road safety works, in­clu­sive of pave­ment mark­ings and safety bar­ri­ers along se­vere curves were also done, as well as pedes­trian and cy­cle lanes de­vel­oped. The up­graded road was of­fi­cially com­mis­sioned on July 11th of this year.

The con­struc­tion project was car­ried out by lo­cal con­struc­tion com­pany BK In­ter­na­tional, as well as Ja­maican en­gi­neer­ing com­pany, Sur­rey Pav­ing and Ag­gre­gate.

The sec­tion of the Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast De­mer­ara, road that is cur­rently be­ing re­paired

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