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East Bank Demerara river defence strengthened

A section of the Good Success river defence system that prevents erosion by the Demerara River and eventual instability of the East Bank Demerara Public Road

Battling river erosion of sections of the East Bank Demerara Public Road continues apace with the completion of the third phase of  river defence works at Good Success, East Bank of Demerara, the Public Works Ministry said in a statement.

According to Kevin Samad, Chief Sea and River Defence Officer, the project comprised of driving steel sheet piles with an anchorage system and boulders scours protection on the river side.

“A total length of 250 meters was completed at a cost of $338M. It is the third project of similar nature to be completed along the East Bank Demerara corridor – between Good Success/Craig/New Hope area,” he stated.

During 2012, two projects that entail works of a similar nature were completed at New Hope and Craig, E.B.D with lengths of 250 metres and 100 metres respectively.The Ministry has also programmed an additional 500 meters of work to be executed during 2014-2016 along New Hope/Good Success, E.B.D. This project will be funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) – Third Sea Defence Project.

Meanwhile, a contract has been recently awarded to M&B Construction for the reconstruction of about 500 meters of sea defence at Mosquito Hall, Mahaica. The work entails construction of a rip rap structure at a cost of $275M.