The Guyana Daily News reported on Monday about the traffic congestion along the East Coast Demerara as a result of the ongoing works on the Good Hope Bridge along the Embankment. However, on Tuesday morning, the traffic situation along the Embankment and the Rupert Craig Highway was very much in control by members of the Guyana Police Force, ranks were strategically place to divert traffic and keep it flowing, also ranks were placed on motor cycles to ensure errant drivers adhere to the rules of the road. Several Senior ranks were also present on the road to ensure traffic runs smoothly.
Works on the Good Hope Bridge started on Friday, two days before the reopening of schools across the country, however, officials from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, noted that the works should have been done during the school holiday, but, due to unforeseen circumstances, this could not happen.
According to a report from the DPI, the $23.5M contract to rehabilitate the bridge, was awarded to BK International. Engineer at the Ministry noted that the works should have been done last year along with the Annandale and Lusignan bridges, but there were some challenges, particularly in relation to traffic.
“We thought it best not to run all three bridges at the same time because of traffic issues with the construction of the other two, but because they were in an area where there were more access points to leave and enter the railway embankment, the traffic burden wasn’t felt much by the driving public but because of the location of this bridge there seems to be a greater impact on traffic,” the Senior Engineer told the DPI.