New East Coast Railway Embankment highway pegged at about US$184M


The new East Coast Demerara (ECD) highway (Railway Embankment) is pegged at about US$184 million, according to Public Works Minister Juan Edghill.

Edghill also noted that the contract was awarded to the China Railway First Group Limited, the Chinese construction firm that worked on the four-lane expansion of the ECD public road.

The expansion starts at Sheriff Street, Georgetown, and extends to Mahaica, ECD.

Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill

This road was formerly the British Guiana railway and it has served as an alternate carriageway for commuters for years. The current paved stretch of roadway begins at Sheriff Street in Georgetown and ends at Enmore, ECD.

Asked when the project will commence, Edghill responded: “… they’re at the mobilisation stage and getting those things moving.”

Already, works have been ongoing to upgrade the bridges along the railway embankment.

What the government has been doing is replacing steel panels with more durable concrete structures– a move that could soon become the standard all across the country.

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