Guyana: Feasibility study on seawall rehabilitation – Kingston to Ogle – moving ahead

Section of the seawall at Kingston

The rehabilitation and reconstruction of the seawall from Kingston to Ogle is progressing; as the government moves a step further with the feasibility study and design.

Senior Engineer within the Sea and Rivers Department of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Maitland Stewart told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that Mott MacDonald UK, the company tasked with completing the feasibility study and designs, took a look at the area that spans 7.5km.

A public consultation was held at the bandstand located at the Kingston Seawall.  The consensus of the consultation is that the public is pleased and supports the initiative.

Stuart explained that the study aims to “improve the whole flood protection infrastructure. Incorporated in this study are some ancillary designs in waterfront development to improve the space.”

Monies approved by the United Kingdom under the Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has made the project possible.

Peter Phips of Mott MacDonald UK

According to a representative of Mott MacDonald UK, Peter Phips, “the main purpose of the project is to look to rehabilitate and make the sea defence more climate-resilient in the face of climate change and sea-level rise”.

In October, the UK based company plans to conduct an environmental and social impact assessment. This will be done while the preliminary design is being finalised for its November deadline.

Between December to March of 2020, a detailed design of the project will be prepared.

Once accepted, the procurement process will begin for the project’s construction. The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has oversight for the seawall project. (DPI)

 

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Coastland residents warned of high tides next week

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure is advising the public, especially residents of low-lying coastal communities, to take precautions, as the period of Spring tides – 26th September- 2th October 2019 is here.

Photo showing the scene at the sea walls during high tide

Some of the areas are considered to be particularly susceptible to flooding due to the storm surges which may induce overtopping of sea/river defence structures. According to the Sea and River Defence Department, these areas include Pomeroon River Banks; San Souci to Sarah and Maria’s Pleasure to Meerzorg , Wakenaam Island; Cane Garden to Leguan Island; Windsor Forest to De Willen, West Coast Demerara, Parika Market area and Salem to Sparta, EBE, Water Street , Georgetown, Helena Nos. One and Two , Mahaica , Fairfield/Dantzig , Mahaicony, Wellington Park/Tarlogie, Corentyne .

In addition to those locations, Government advises persons residing along banks of rivers and low-lying coastal areas to also take precaution, as well as mariners, including those operating fishing vessels and larger vessels.

According to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, the highest tides are expected to be on Sunday September 29th, 2019 at 4:38pm at a height of 3.36 metres and on Monday September 30th, 2019 at 5:15pm at a height of 3.23 metres.
The use of beaches and foreshore areas for recreational purposes is not advised during this period.

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  • mudhead2  On September 26, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Guyana should have the money now to do all the jobs that they had to put off for years. Get these jobs done or the price will be high

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