(Demerara Waves) – Guyana and Suriname on Wednesday advanced one step closer towards the construction of a bridge across the Corentyne River with the signing of a contract for feasibility studies to determine financing, traffic flows and toll and other revenue-generating options.
The US$2 million contract with the Trinidad-based consultancy firm, WSP Caribbean, will see the conducting of the studies over the next seven months. The studies are aimed at determining the best Design, Build, Finance and Operate model for the Corentyne bridge through a Public-Private Partnership.
Suriname’s Technical Assistant for Capital Infrastructure Projects, Kees Boender said authorities were hoping to be ready for the PPP tender by the end of 2022 or early 2023.
He said the bridge would have a lifespan of 100 years and low as possible maintenance. The bridge which would link Moleson Creek in Guyana with South Drain via Long Island anticipated ships of 47,000 deadweight tons, a horizontal clearance of 100 meters and a vertical clearance of 43 metres
Guyana’s Public Works Minister Juan Edghill, who signed the agreement with his Surinamese counterpart Riad Nurmohamed, hoped that the bridge would be a boost for travel, tourism, agriculture, oil and gas.