Soesdyke-Linden Highway

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Soesdyke-Linden Highway
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Length45 mi (72 km)
Highway system
Transport in Guyana
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Soesdyke-Linden Highway.

The Soesdyke-Linden Highway is a 45-mile-long (72 km) 2-lane highway that runs between Soesdyke and Linden in Guyana. [1] [2] The East Bank Public Road connects Soesdyke with Georgetown.

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Construction

The Soesdyke-Linden highway was constructed between 1966 and 1968 by B.B. Mc. Cormick & Sons. It cost approximately US$17 million to build. The highway was officially opened in 1969. [1] The Soesdyke-Linden Highway was constructed as one phase of a highway connecting Georgetown with Lethem. A feasibility study for such a highway was done by a US consulting firm, Metcalf and Eddy, in 1961.[ citation needed ]

Continuing work

The highway was rehabilitated in 1997–1999 with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank. [3] [4] The repair works were carried out by a Trinidadian company called Seereeram Brothers Ltd at a cost of US$6,575,000. [4] The repair works included: overlaying the stretch between Soesdyke and Kuru Kururu with Asphalt concrete and sealing the rest of the road with a thin coat of asphalt and fine aggregate. The super structures of the bridges, which were of greenheart, were reconstructed with Reinforced concrete to a higher standard of live load.[ citation needed ]

The highway greatly improved development of the town of Linden, which was previously accessed by boat via the Demerara River. [5]

Accidents are common, the highway is unlit and lacks regular maintenance. [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 Johnson, Ruel (20 November 2003). "The Soesdyke-Linden Corridor: Touring the most visited tourism recreation area in Guyana" (Archive copy). Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  2. Smock, Kirk (2008). Guyana:The Bradt Travel Guide. UK: Bradt Travel Guides. p. 117. ISBN   978-1-84162-223-1.
  3. Government of Guyana (March 1996). "Road Transport". Guyana National Development Stratefy. Government of Guyana. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  4. 1 2 Embassy of Guyana in Washington DC (22 March 1997). "CDB funding to repair Linden Highway". Guyana News Brief - 22 March 1997. Embassy of Guyana, Washington DC. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  5. 1 2 "The Soesdyke-Linden Highway -Both a blessing and a curse". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-02-18.

Coordinates: 6°16′57″N58°12′48″W / 6.2824°N 58.2133°W / 6.2824; -58.2133