Dutch firm to conduct feasibility for new Demerara Harbour Bridge
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said Leivencse CSO’s feasibility study will examine the possibility of a public-private partnership. Website: http://www.lievensecso.com/
“This is the final stage of feasibility before you actually get to construction,” Harmon told a post-cabinet news conference.
Leivencse CSO, Harmon said, was selected through the procurement process by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board.
He said a pre-feasibility study done by the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation in 2013 shows that there is need for a fixed high-span bridge across the Demerara River. The current bridge has a retractor span that opens to allow ships to pass.
The 1.5 mile long Demerara Harbour Bridge was officially opened in July 1978 and was projected to have a 10-year lifespan. It is still in operation… (see video and other information below)
Guyana Demerara Harbour Bridge Aerial view – video
The Demerara Harbour Bridge is a 6,074-foot (1,851 m) long floating toll bridge. It was commissioned on 2 July 1978. The bridge crosses the Demerara River 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the Guyanese capital Georgetown, from Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara to Schoon Ord, West Bank Demerara. There is a pedestrian footwalk. A raised section lets small vessels pass under. A retractor span lets large vessels pass. Construction of the Demerara Harbour Bridge began on 29 May 1976. Construction assistance was provided by the British Government, but the basic design was by a Guyanese, Capt. John Patrick Coghlan. The bridge was only designed to last 10 years, yet it is still going strong. Toll is collected only in one direction of travel even though the bridge handles one lane of traffic in each direction. Traffic going west to east pays no toll.