Motorists and pedestrians using the East Coast Highway will have to wait a bit longer for works being undertaken from Better Hope to be completed as the deadline will extend beyond 2018.Head of the Work Services Group (WSG) Geoffrey Vaughn told the local media that the East Coast Demerara Road Widening and Improvement Project will not be completed at the end of 2018.In addressing the Ministry’s year-end press conference, Vaughn said physical workThe expansion of the public road at Better Hopeon the project commenced on August 29, 2017 and the duration of the project is two years.According to him, the contractor is expected to complete 1.3 kilometers of the roadway up to the base level before the end of December 2017.“Presently the contractors are working on the extension at Better Hope and they are at the stage of the sub base because foreign objects and the sub base itself have been removed and replaced and we will be moving to the other cases of the structure,” he explained.It was also noted that relocation of Guyana Water Incorporated utilities is 30 per cent completed, while the heightening and construction of drains are ongoing, with 720 meters already completed.The WSG coordinator said it is projected that the project will be 75 percent completed before the end of 2018, but will most likely roll over to 2019 when it will be fully completed.The contract for this project was awarded to China Railway International. The project entails a four-lane extension from Better Hope to Annandale, and two-lane upgrade from Annandale to Belfield with a total length of 16,998 kilometres of roads and 33,996 kilometres of drains to be built.Apart from the road expansion, the residents are also going to benefit from the project, which included improved drainage since the East Coast is usually susceptible to flooding.Initially, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had tried to finance the road expansion project, but the funding was not readily available; hence, the Administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works and use the funds from the Chinese to complete the works.The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014. This included the widening of the roads and installation of drainage facilities. The project was divided into seven lots which were awarded to different contractors.Lot one was initially awarded to Falcon Transportation and Construction Services; however, the contract was terminated by the Public Works Ministry in 2012 and awarded last year to Dipcon Engineering Services, which is also tasked with works on Lot Two. The two lots, which covered from Better Hope to La Bonne Intention (LBI), were joined into one.Dipcon also worked on Lot Five (Triumph to Mon Repos). Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited worked on Lot Three, covering LBI and Beterverwagting. Preliminary works on Lot Four (Beterverwagting to Triumph) were done by Compustruct Engineering Inc.Lot Six covers Mon Repos to De Endragt and was awarded to Colin Talbot Contracting Services. This construction company also handled works on Lot Seven (De Endragt to Good Hope).With the China Eximbank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million. The PPP/C Administration had stated that it was saving some $2.8 billion by giving the contract to China Railway First Group.Meanwhile, speaking about the East Bank-East Coast Road Linkage Project, Vaughn said it was awarded to an Indian company called RITES, with a design and preparation expected to be completed before the end of December 2018.He said, “We have sent the draft contract to India. They have responded to us yesterday (Wednesday) agreeing to the draft contract. So we should have that draft contract signed onto and works being executed. The cost for that would have been US$1.3 million.India has approved a new Line of Credit of US$50 million for the East Bank Demerara – East Coast Road Link Project under the previous People’s Progressive Party Government.A credit line was extended by India in 2004 with the construction of the Guyana National Stadium and solar traffic lights in Georgetown, some of the projects to benefit.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFollowing the spectacular $30 million renovation of its 176 luxury guest rooms and suites, Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York today announced that it has initiated a total renovation of its concourse level. Reopening this May, it will comprise an expanded Trump Spa(tm), reconfigured TechnoGym fitness center, a new fully equipped meeting room and business center, and waiting rooms. The 55-foot, heated lap pool will be embraced by new walls of backlit Jerusalem stone.The new Trump Spa is designed by Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development of acquisitions of The Trump Organization, who is overseeing the renovation and was also responsible for the recent rooms renovation. The spa will feature three luxurious treatment rooms, including a couple’s treatment room, with the therapist’s sink and cabinet concealed behind a sliding walnut wall. Beautifully dramatic and inviting, the reception area will pair warm walnut with sleek, polished Palissandro marble from Italy. The hallway walls leading to the treatment rooms feature stone inlaid with a serpentine pattern, while stones laid in a scalloped pattern will adorn other areas of the spa. The new manicure-pedicure room will boast a hand-painted, cherry-blossom wall covering.The new men’s and women’s locker rooms will each have a steam room and sauna, backlit mirrors, and full-length lockers. The walls will be tiled in shades of blue and gray, while the floors will have carpet and hardwood – darker in the men’s, lighter in the women’s. The women’s locker room will also have a vanity area for hair and makeup.When the spa reopens in May, a selection of new treatments will debut alongside the classic treatment menu. The Trump Spa is available only to registered guests of Trump New York.The ideal venue for small group looking for convenient meeting facilities, or local businesses in need of an offsite location, the new Trump Conference Room will be outfitted with state-of-the art video conferencing technology and offer gourmet catering by Jean Georges, the hotel’s signature Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Restaurant.The new business center will be open to guests 24 hours a day/seven days a week, accommodating up to eight people and featuring four individual computer stations. In addition, the hotel’s signature Trump Attaché(tm) service will be available to guests, providing comprehensive business and personal services.www.trumphotelcollection.com