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19 June 2008

Mott MacDonald appointed on Guyana highways scheme

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the government of Guyana to work on the upgrade of the Linden-Lethem road, one of the country’s key transport links with Brazil.

The road’s upgrade to a highway is listed as one of the Guyanese government’s highest priority projects and forms part of a larger initiative to develop road infrastructure between Guyana and Brazil with a view to fostering development links between the two countries.

Mott MacDonald will conduct a prefeasibility study to assess the current state of the 438km section of the roadway connecting Linden in Guyana’s north with Lethem on the Brazilian border. The study will propose a series of alternatives for the road’s reconstruction and improvement.

Mott MacDonald’s project manager, Stuart Hughes commented: “The Linden-Lethem road is critical to Guyana’s economy and its upgrade to a highway has major implications for the country. Restoring and upgrading the route will help develop not only a remote region of Guyana but also improve the regional trade and integration of Guyana and Brazil and ultimately Suriname to the east.”

The Linden-Lethem segment is part of the longer Georgetown-Lethem roadway which is strategic to the Guyanese government’s plan to improve connectivity and transport between Guyana's north and south regions. Its current condition varies from excellent all weather laterite to a narrow, seasonally inundated track only passable by four-wheel drive vehicles.

Mott MacDonald is conducting the prefeasibility study of the improvement of the Linden-Lethem road in association with Caribbean Engineering and Management Consultants Incorporated (CEMCO Inc.) The study is being undertaken for the Government of Guyana and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and is being financed by Technical Cooperation ATN/OC-10165-GY.

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