Location: Eastern & Western Banks of Berbice
Classification: Civil Infrastructure Period/ Year Built: 2008
Historical Background / Description:
The Berbice River Bridge stretches across the Berbice River connecting the western bank of Berbice at D’Edward Village in Region five with its eastern bank at Crab Island in Region six. The completed structure was declared opened on December 23, 2008, by President Bharrat Jagdeo and the Chairman of the Berbice River Bridge, Ms. Geeta Singh-Knight. The bridge is the first structure to span the Berbice River and was built by the companies, Bosch Rexroth and Maybey & Johnson at a cost of US $40 Million (GYD $8.2 billion). It has a length of 1.57 kilometres (0.98 miles) and is considered the seventh longest floating bridge in the world as of 2016. The Berbice River Bridge was built from Compact 200 Bridge system which was considered the most modern steel panel bridge technology in the world at that time. The surface of the bridge is coated with an epoxy resin overlaid with calcined bauxite, making it skid free.