Bridging of Kurupukari River to commence soon

first_img1 year laterOne year after it was announced that the Kurupukari ferry crossing will be bridged, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson has said works will commence soon.The construction of a new single or dual lane fixed bridge – approximately 600 meters long – at the Kurupukari ferry crossing, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) will soon commence.According to Minister Patterson, systems are already in place and works should begin soon.The Kurupukari River crossingCurrently persons travelling the Linden/Lethem trail have to cross the Essequibo River, at Kurupukari, by a privately-operated pontoon service.Kurupukari Village is located along the Lethem–Georgetown trail, about five hours from Lethem.In February 2017, the Public Infrastructure Ministry had said it was gearing up to commence construction on the first phase of the Linden-Lethem Road project, which will be funded through the United Kingdom Government under its UK Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) programme.In September 2015, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced a £300 million investment in vital new infrastructure such as roads, bridges and ports to help drive economic growth and development across the Caribbean region. Guyana was named among nine Caribbean states to benefit from the grant.The first phase of the project, which spans from Linden to Mabura, covers approximately 122.5 kilometres of road and the construction of the bridge across the Essequibo River at Kurupukari.last_img

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