PPP Berbice Bridge project

Service type: Infrastructure reform
Region: Americas
Country: Guyana

Guyana's Region 6 was cut off from the rest of the country by the Berbice River, which was not bridged. The people of Region 6 (East Berbice-Corentyne) had to rely on a slow and inefficient ferry service.

 

There was a need to lower transportation costs to facilitate increase in production and employment in Region 6. The Government understood that an improved Berbice River crossing had the potential to revitalise the whole region. Specific benefits would include a decrease in travel and a reduction in vehicle operating costs.

 

The Government of Guyana asked Adam Smith International to advise it on the design and structuring of a privately financed project to build a toll-bridge across the river Berbice.  A 1.5 km floating bridge from the village of D'Edward on the West Bank to Crab Island on the East Bank was chosen as the best option. Adam Smith International assisted the government in the structuring and financing of the project, which successfully reached financial close, with construction following.  The bridge was opened in 2008 and has connected Region 6 with the rest of Guyana.

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Berbice bridge construction proceeds apace