Press Release – Manari Bypass Road to officially open April 6th

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure are set to officially open the Manari Bypass in Rupununi Region 9 on Saturday, April 6th, 2019. This comes as the road alignment project has been successfully completed and is deemed ready for official use.

Prior to the road project, several accidents and fatalities continued to occur at the Manari Bridge. Consequently, the Government of Guyana gave a commitment to eliminate the dangerous curve approaching this specific area by re-aligning the road, therefore, removing the dangers and preserving human life.

The project, costing over $83M was awarded to JR Ranch Inc. which is well known in the region for doing outstanding work. It saw over 20,000 cubic meters of fill material being used to raise the road to a reasonable elevation to mitigate the negative effects of flooding and landslides that are common in the generally flat terrain of the Rupununi Savannahs. Further, a 200mm layer of suitable lateritic material was placed and compacted on the finished roadway consequently providing a surface for good rideability.

This is one of several projects financed by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission in support of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s civil works. The Government sees the Linden-Lethem corridor itself as very important since it holds the primary function of facilitating residents, visitors, loggers, and minibusses. To this end, the open procurement process for the reconstruction of the Manari Bridge has commenced and a new bridge is expected to be in place before the end of 2019.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure are pleased to have facilitated this project and having met the expectations of persons who would now benefit from the improved travel comfort. Both Ministries urge all to utilize the road wisely.