New road at Arrowsana to significantly cut travel time for residents


A $33.4M road was commissioned on Saturday at Arrowansa in the Moruca sub-district of Barima-Waini (Region One), eliminating the necessity for residents to have lengthy boat and tractor journeys.

Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal, the Parliamentary representative of the region, commissioned the road along with Regional Chairman, Brentnol Ashley and Regional Vice-Chairperson, Annansha Peters along with other regional representatives.

Residents of Arrowansa at the commissioning ceremony (Photo: Ministry of Housing & Water/March 23, 2024)

The road spans 9.5 kilometers by 6.1 meters and was constructed through the regional budget.

The project scope entailed grading, shaping and compacting and construction of drains.

Arrowansa, a satellite community of Manawarin, previously faced arduous journeys through creeks, lasting over an hour and a half, to reach central Manawarin.

The road spans 9.5 kilometers by 6.1 meters (Photo: Minister of Housing & Water/March 23, 2024)

During the dry season, these journeys posed numerous hazards. Some residents also relied on tractors, for which travel time was over two hours.

Minister Croal emphasized that residents can now access the main junction area in approximately ten minutes, significantly enhancing their access to goods and services in a more timely and cost-effective manner.

He underscored that the road project is a delivery on commitments made by the President Dr Irfaan Ali-led Administration leading up to the 2020 elections.

Minister Croal also announced the drilling of a new well for the community during his address.

In addition to facilitating transportation to and from Arrowansa, the Regional Chairman said the road will stimulate new economic opportunities, particularly in agriculture, as the government remains dedicated to ensuring food security. (Ministry of Housing and Water press release)

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