Traffic congestion on the East Bank of Demerara, in the vicinity of Diamond, could soon be eliminated, as there
are plans to construct a vehicular overhead pass in this area.
The Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Projects Manager, Sunil Ganesh, announced that tenders for the project should be advertised early next month and works will commence early next year, according to a Government Information Agency (GINA) release. There are about 20,000 vehicles that use that intersection, so this vehicle overhead pass would significantly reduce the backup of traffic existing in Diamond, so when the vehicle overhead pass is completed you have free flow of traffic coming out of Diamond, there will be almost zero delay,” Ganesh explained.
The Project Manager said too that in addition to the vehicular overhead pass, pedestrian overhead passes would be constructed at the Harbour Bridge, next to the office of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council, another at Eccles on the eastern side of the traffic light and a third in the vicinity of the Houston Secondary School. Meanwhile, the East Bank Four Lane expansion project, which started in 2012, is almost complete. The Ministry is currently working on installing traffic signs and road markings on certain sections of the road. The project was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to the tune of US$17 million.