Commuters are happy that parking space has been provided for them at the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling but are concerned at the condition of one section.
They told Stabroek News that some of the boards are rotten and a few are missing and that it is very dangerous for them to park without assistance.
One driver said he became scared one day when his wheel almost got stuck in one of the ‘holes’ while parking.
Since the Vreed-en-Hoop ferries stopped working, the stelling had been converted to other uses. There is a landing service for speedboat operators who transport commuters across the river and another section is being used for vending while a huge portion has been designated for parking for private vehicles and taxis, all at a minimum fee.
The Transport and Harbours Department last month announced that it will be embarking upon $76M worth of rehabilitation works for the Bartica, Leguan and Parika stellings.
For the Bartica stelling, T&HD will be undertaking $30M worth of rehabilitation. Major works will include a change of decking; fixing of piles; and upgrades to the office area and the washrooms. The next phase of the rehabilitation of the Bartica stelling is scheduled to commence next year.
For the Leguan stelling, maintenance work will be conducted on the driveway, decking, beams and some piles. The fender system will also be rehabilitated. The total cost for the Leguan stelling rehabilitation is pegged at $24M.
Meanwhile, the Parika stelling is slated to undergo approximately $22M worth of rehabilitation. Amongst its work are repairs to the roll on/roll off area and the fortification of the catwalk. The dilapidated area will not be a part of this phase; rather, this area will be tackled early next year as part of the next phase.