Guyana: Prez Irfaan Ali pays impromptu visit to Ogle to Eccles Highway

Guyana: Prez Irfaan Ali pays impromptu visit to Ogle to Eccles Highway

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Georgetown, Guyana: The Office of the President of Guyana, Dr Irfaan Ali, has recently shared an update about the President’s visit to the construction site of the highway from Ogle to Eccles. The update was shared through the official social media handles on April 11, 2023.

According to the update, Dr Irfaan Ali made an impromptu site visit on the afternoon of April 11 to the Ogle to Eccles Highway, which is under construction.

The government of Guyana has informed that the highway will provide a critical link between the East Coast and the East Bank of Demerara. When completed, the US $106 million four-lane road will be built from the intersection of the Ogle Airstrip Road and the Rupert Craig Highway, East Coast Demerara, towards Haags Bosch, Eccles, and East Bank Demerara.

As per the government update, President Ali was informed by the engineers that the main alignment (7.8 km) will be completely sand-filled by the end of the month. Each lane of the highway is expected to be 3.6 metres wide and feature sidewalks and other support structures.

It will also be complemented by other major infrastructural works, including the upgrading of the railway embankment road.

The highway, which is due to be completed within its October 2024 deadline, is expected to significantly reduce travel time and congestion.

Along with this, while informing about the other developmental projects, the Office also shared an update about the first man-made island of Guyana. In the update, the minister stated, “Works are progressing nicely on Guyana’s first man-made island as well as the access road at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara.”

A glimpse of the construction site was also shared by the general public to make the process transparent for the population. “The island being made by Vreed-en-Hoop Shorebase Inc (VEHSI) as part of the reclaimed land that will be transformed into a project of 44 acres to create a shore base facility,” the update read.