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Region 7 roads to be tolled – Patterson

first_imgRoads in the Cuyuni/Mazaruni region will soon be tolled following the completion of various road projects. This is according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson who said the strategy will aid in the maintenance and sustainability of the infrastructure.Public Infrastructure MinisterDavid Patterson“Soon we will be finished upgrading the roads. I would hope that we can work along with the region on this,” Minister Patterson is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information. He made the comments upon conducting the inspection of the hinterland projects during his recent trip to the region. It was observed that work needs to be done on the Amaila Falls road, which is heavily traversed, especially by trucks from the gold company – Troy Resources.He noted that’s the tolls collected will go directly to the region for the proper maintenance and care of the roads since it will be generated from those in the region. Minister Patterson encouraged the town council to create a road plan and work along with his Ministry on the idea.Regional Chairman of Region Seven RDC, Gordon BradfordRegional Chairman of Region Seven, Gordon Bradford said the Council welcomes the idea of tolling the roads and believes it is vital for the upkeep of the roads. He explained that in previous years, the strategy was used in the region and aided in the preservation of several roads leading to Mahdia.Echoing his sentiments, Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall, explained the town council has deliberated the issue of tolling the roads for some time. However, he believes the Ministry will have to be the implementing body of the strategy.Marshall said during the next regular statutory meeting, the council will craft a “road plan” to which it will seek the approval of the Regional Democratic Council before sharing with the Infrastructure Ministry.The Ministry has ongoing works on the roads from Mahdia to the Denham Bridge and Miles 78 on the Bartica-Potaro trail to Mile 96 (Cassandra Crossing).last_img read more