Tenders for the construction of a new Demerara River Bridge will be opened on October 3, 2020, President Dr. Irfaan Ali said today during a press conference.
According to the Head of State, the structure is part of the government’s agenda to improve the infrastructural agenda and boost economic development.
Nine companies were shortlisted to build the bridge including, Ballast Nedam Infrastructure Suriname BV, Odebrecht Engenharia e Construcao SA, Boskalis Guyana & Effiage Genie Civil Company Ltd (Netherlands), and Rizzani de Eccher Construction (Italy).
The other five are Chinese-owned companies: China State Construction Engineering Corp, China Gezhouba Group Company Limited, JV China Railway International Group, China Road and Bridge Company (joint venture with Spanish Company), and China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd.
The link is expected to span from Nandy Park on the eastern bank to Meer Zorgen/La Grange in the west, with construction estimated to take two years.