Despite assertions that the Carifesta Avenue road upgrade will be finished in time for Caricom Day, only
phase one of the project has been completed, a source close to the project disclosed.
The source told Guyana Times that the preliminary upgrade of the project has been completed by Dynamics Engineering.
The company has installed the lamps on the median, which was constructed by H Nauth and Sons.
Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had indicated that the project would be completed in July; however, the source stated that this was a far cry from reality, since the second phase is scheduled to commence later this month. The second phase consists of the widening of the road.
Nevertheless, the preliminary phase has been completed in time for Caricom Day, which also happens to coincide with the 37th Caricom Heads of Government summit.
Carifesta Avenue was supposed to be widened and the insignia of various States placed there in time for Caricom Day.
Coat-of-Arms of the various member countries will be hoisted along the Avenue, which the Heads will have to traverse to get to the Heads of Government Meeting this week.
The upgrade is expected to cost the Government US$138 million. It was divided into two lots which were awarded to H Nauth and Sons, which is handling the road works, and Dynamic Engineering, the company handling the electrical works.
Once the project is completed, the road will be wider, able to facilitate more traffic and more brightly lit.