The South Georgetown community of Albouystown is expected to get a major facelift along its Independence Boulevard.
The Ministry of Public Works on Monday launched a $1.4 Billion project to enhance Independence Boulevard and sections of Cemetery road.
The move falls under the Urban Enhancement Project for the Ministry of Public Works.
Public Works Minister Juan Edghill believes the enhancement and beautification projects will bring benefits to the surrounding communities.
Minister Edghill stated that “we are not here to displace anybody even though people will have to move. We are here to bring value to your neighbourhood… Albouystown, East Middle Road must move from being Shanty Town into being part of the development of the Georgetown City as this country modernizes. We are making this community attractive so your property value must go up”.
The Public Works Minister said the works are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
It was explained that the works along Independence Boulevard will run from Saffon Street to Cemetery Road and it will entail construction of a three-lane carriageway with concrete drains and culverts. It will also have a three metres wide promenade with elevated lights, garden and seats.
The works were divided into three lots between three contractors. They are RIM Construction, IB Contracting and Machinery Rental and C&L Construction Inc.
Major upgrade will also be done to 1.2 kilometres of Vlissengen Road (Cemetery Road) from Princess Street to Mandela Avenue. Avinash Contracting and Scrap Metal Inc will be executing the works.
The scope of work for this contract includes an upgrade of the existing carriageway to allow four lanes, construction of drains along the eastern and western carriageways, construction of a central avenue and a fence to both sides of the cemetery.
Residents of the community were also assured that in addition to their community being beautified, they will also gain employment when work commences.