$150M tender goes out for Moleson Creek to El Dorado main access road

− to be important access road to Orealla quarries

Public Works Minister Juan Edghill during his visit to Moleson Creek in April

The Public Works Ministry has sent a number of tenders for roadworks, including a $150 million tender for the long-awaited road from Moleson Creek to El Dorado in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
According to the invitation for bids, contractors are being sought to construct the Moleson Creek to El Dorado Road. As part of the prerequisites, bidders must be in compliance with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and must submit certificates to this effect.
Bids will be opened on July 13, 2021, at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).
Another project that the Government opened tenders for is the construction of the Big Biaboo Road in De Hoop, Region Five. This particular project is estimated at $50 million and bidding will follow similar guidelines to the Moleson Creek Road.
Back in April, Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill had inspected the alignment of the Moleson Creek to El Dorado thoroughfare. Accompanied by engineers, officials from Region Six’s Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and other stakeholders, Edghill had said that the long-term vision is to have a roadway that will grant citizens easy access to the quarries in Orealla.
“You will be able to exploit and adequately access a lot of the resources that are in Orealla for development, more particularly stone aggregate,” the Minister had explained, adding that the roadway will bring down the cost of building materials and support local businesses.
The first phase of the $100 million road to El Dorado will be beyond the vicinity of the prospective Guyana-Suriname bridge. Additionally, $400 million will be invested for miscellaneous roadworks within the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in the region.
Further, the Rose Hall, Corriverton and New Amsterdam townships will each benefit from $50 million in upgrades of urban roads throughout the year.
Reducing the cost to access stone aggregate is particularly important seeing as the Government has said it is working with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to up production of construction aggregates to over one million tonnes for 2021.
This is in keeping with the coming national infrastructural developments the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration is advancing, which are aimed at improving the quality of life for all Guyanese.
President Dr Irfaan Ali has committed to the construction of a new Demerara River bridge and the new four-lane road from that bridge to Parika, East Bank Essequibo. Hundreds of communities across the country are expected to see new and improved road networks along with other infrastructural projects.
Through collaboration with the Government of Suriname, the Government here will also be embarking on the construction of the first-ever bridge across the Corentyne River, connecting the two South American nations.
The Ogle to Haags Bosch road project is also in the cards. A massive housing drive is also underway that targets some 5000 homes, for this year. The Government also intends to allocate some 10,000 house lots by end of this year.
In fact, the Government has said that as many as 20 companies are vying to establish concrete plants, a service that is in demand with the Government’s housing drive and ambitious construction goals.