Berbice Bridge

The Berbice Bridge is a pontoon bridge over the Berbice River near New Amsterdam in Guyana. The bridge is tolled and was opened on 23 December 2008.[1]

Berbice Bridge
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The Berbice Bridge under construction in 2007
Coordinates6°16′52″N 57°31′44″W / 6.281°N 57.529°W / 6.281; -57.529Coordinates: 6°16′52″N 57°31′44″W / 6.281°N 57.529°W / 6.281; -57.529
Carries2-lane wide highway
CrossesBerbice River
LocaleNorth east Berbice
Characteristics
Total length1,571 m
History
Opened23 December 2008
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Location

With the completion of the Berbice Bridge, and the earlier completion of the Coppename Bridge in Suriname in 1999, the Courantyne River is the only river between the Guyanese capital of Georgetown and the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo still left without a bridge. This is due to change in the near future, with plans for a bridge on the Courantyne near South Drain.[2] The bridge doesn't have a pedestrian crossing.

It is owned by Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated and tolls are set by a Concession Agreement between the government and the company.[3] In 2018, the government took over ownership of the bridge as a reaction to the 360% increase in toll,[4] citing Sections 4 (1) and 11 of the Berbice River Bridge Act in the interest of public safety.[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stabroek News - Berbice bridge opened, 24 December 2008
  2. ^ Dagblad Suriname - OW-minister en Ballast Nedam bekijken locatie Corantijnbrug, 27 January 2018 (in Dutch)
  3. ^ "Patterson declines to meet Berbice Bridge company to discuss possible sale". Stabroek News. 2019-08-31. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  4. ^ "Gov't takes control of Berbice Bridge". Stabroek News. 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  5. ^ "Berbicians welcome gov't takeover of Berbice bridge". Stabroek News. 2018-11-06. Retrieved 2021-02-09.

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