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As government continues to talk about the building of major roads and Guyanese see these roads being constructed, what continue to fall into disrepair are the smaller/secondary roads.
Building or expanding roads without miantaining existing roads makes the road infrastructure less than worthwhile.
It makes little sense allowing existing roads to fall into disrepair or think there exists no need to maintain them and they will stand up. This is an aspect of the sub culture in Guyana that has to be revisited.
Apart from instances where the roads are not properly constructed or in the construction did not cater for the vehicular traffic, including weight and load, road infrastructure development in Guyana comes across as untidy in thought and execution.
There could be a new main road and right along that main road the secondary arteries (roads) are in disrepair. This not only affects the free flow of vehicular traffic but also inhibits time travel and contributes to wear and tear on the vehicle and the commuters’ dispossession
For instance there is major renovation, accompanied by much fanfare about the widening of the road that separates East Ruimveldt and Alexander Village. All the arteries south of Princess Street require major repairs. This has resulted bottlenecks around the area.
The smooth flow of traffic is being inhibited, there is congestion, delay in arriving at destination at expected time of travel, the breaking traffic regulations and road rage, not that the latter two are tolerated but there are facts that cannot be ignored.
Road development takes all the stated factors (and more) into consideration. The roadways were never conceptualised and developed to be hindrance but to allow for free flow of traffic, persons arriving at their destination safe and on time, and for overall development. These fundamentals seem to be absent in the building and maintenance of roads in Guyana.