Survey for traffic lights underway
Stabroek News
December 2, 2006

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The Ministry of Public Works and Communication has begun surveys for the installation of about 50 traffic lights at the most critical intersections in the city.

A press release from the Government Information Agency (GINA) said areas close to the city will also benefit including the route leading to the cricket stadium at Providence, East Bank Demerara. The project is part of government's efforts to improve infrastructure and boost safety on the country's roadways.

The final surveys will be done by CMS Traffic Systems Limited, an Indian firm contracted to execute the US$2.1M project. Minister of Transport and Hydraulics Robeson Benn said two engineers from the firm have arrived and are expected to begin the final surveys and prepare a report.

The Ministry of Public Works and Communication will provide the team with data needed for the project and the team is expected to make recommendations on whether lights for areas not included on the list should be installed. Surveys have been conducted on the Rupert Craig Highway, Sheriff Street, Camp Street and Carifesta Avenue while work is ongoing at Kingston.

Traffic lights will be installed at intersections at Camp and Lamaha streets, Vlissengen Road and Homestretch Avenue, Church and Main streets, the East Coast Highway and Courida Street, the East Bank Highway and the Eccles access road, Mandela Avenue and Hunter Street and at the Ogle Airstrip and the railway embankment road.

Earlier in the year more than $240M was spent to plant 424 street lights from Better Hope to Golden Grove along the East Coast Demerara Highway.

Lights have also been installed from the Russian Embassy to Better Hope, along the Mahaica-Rosignol Highway, at the Mahaica and Mahaicony bridges and approaches, from Timehri to Republic Park, from the Ruimveldt Police Outpost to the Demerara Harbour Bridge and from the bridge to Vreed-en-Hoop and from the Kitty pump station to the Seawall Bandstand.