The new bypass road linking the communities of Mocha and Great Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara was commissioned early this morning.
The new road link is seen as an alternative route for commuters and will likely ease the daily congestion on some parts of the East Bank Corridor.
During the sunrise commissioning ceremony, the President warned that there will be serious consequences for persons who utilize the road in a reckless manner, either by speeding or by the use of heavy-duty vehicles.
“These roads are not race tracks. And these roads are designed for specific categories of vehicles and that is small vehicles, the SUVs, the big trucks will see barriers. If you think it is your responsibility to take down the barriers because you want to break the law there will be consequences and you will face the consequences,” the President warned.
The President noted that there are several similar projects which are ongoing to further ease the traffic burdens commuters face on the East Bank—one such project is the bypass road from Eccles to Mandela.
The President called out contractors who he believes are dragging their feet on road works in the Diamond and other East Bank Communities. He said the East Bank of Demerara is set for major transformation.
“We are now doing a major highway from Mandela all the way coming to Diamond. Mandela to Eccles was earmarked to be completed by the end of this year we are still holding tight to that schedule despite some rainfall. Now the Eccles to Diamond link has already been cleared and work will commence very very early in January on that link and we are now in the process of awarding a contract to widen and reinforce the Eccles link that would be connected to the Mandela link in the meantime, the President announced.
Once all the road works are completed the President said the East Bank is on course to become a hub for job creation.
“This area will be a reservoir for job creation also. We would have more than three-four acres of land developed specifically for industrial development and then we have commercial development and from the types of proposals that we have already received you will have hundreds if not thousands of jobs created along the corridor of this road,” the President said.
The Mocha to Great Diamond road link was conceptualized when President Ali served as Housing Minister several years ago. The project was designed and its foundation work was started but it was put on pause in 2015 under the previous government.