Home Letters A stronger engineered high bridge for Guyana
I would be grateful if you could kindly publish my views regarding the second bridge across the Demerara River.
I trust that the contents of this letter would create an area for careful consideration and discussion regarding the second bridge.
Last year, I visited Suriname and was taken by my nephew for a drive over the bridge over the Paramaribo River. It was built to allow sea traffic to pass below without hindrance to anyone. A strong and well-built bridge. It opened substantial opportunities across the river where there is intensive economic growth.
What is important is that there is no cost to cross this modern engineered construction. I raise my hat to Suriname.
Further, in the late 1950s, I visited the Affobaca Hydro-Electric plant which is still operational today. Well done Suriname, and hope that Guyana would look closely at your successes.
I would also like consideration to be given to the Dartford Crossing of the Thames where the M25 is situated.
There is a tunnel under the river where traffic flows in one direction, and a high bridge where traffic flows in the opposite direction, all free passage of ships.
The Demerara Bridge has passed its operational usefulness, with substantial maintenance being required, at a substantial cost.
The Berbice Bridge is seldom used because of the substantial cost to make a crossing.
Quite honestly, I am of the view that there should be no charge for crossing the bridge, and any maintenance costs absorbed by a Government subsidy.
The new bridge should be built along similar lines of the Paramaribo Bridge, and with no cost to cross. I repeat, no crossing cost.
I am of the view that our Ministers and our President involved in this decision, should avail themselves the time for a visit to view the new engineering feat in Suriname. Further information can be gained which would be useful.
I am not an engineer, but I am aware of the following: –
Aluminium, which is the main metal used in the construction of the floating bridge, is five times more expensive than steel.
Georgetown and the river have about eighty feet of clay before reaching a rock base. Therefore, very convenient.
The steel and concrete high bridge would last for generations, rather than expenditure which would expire in twenty years. The benefits are significant.
I think the time has passed for floating bridges, used by armies around the world, and its time that we as Guyanese can look forward to a modern engineered bridge, with free passage of traffic and marine vessels.