The stretch of roadway from Stanleytown New Amsterdam to Glasgow Village, East Bank Berbice is now illuminated as the Ministry of Public Infrastructure switched on the newly installed LED street lights on July 9 and 10 respectively.
Residents in the communities of Stanleytown, Islington, and Glasgow are the beneficiaries of this project.
The surrounding villages are also expected to have streetlights installed as the Ministry of Public Infrastructure continues its massive rehabilitation of the East Bank Berbice area. Poles and streetlights are already connected in several other villages.
The MPI funded project will include reconstruction and widening of the once impassable stretch of road, new concrete bridges replacing wooden ones, as well as the installation of new water lines and street lights.
Families were seen taking a stroll along the public roads as they “checked out” the new lights. Many expressed satisfaction with the changes.
“This is real progress. I came out tonight for a walk. Before, I wouldn’t even walk this road after 6:30 p.m. and here I am with the kids. I am very happy our community is now lit up,” Tameka Richards told DPI.
Eusi Smith, a resident of Stanleytown and a Councillor of the New Amsterdam Municipality said the street lights are a very good initiative. He recalled some 35 years ago street lights were available in the community but not of this quality.
He noted the streetlights were installed after residents had made several appeals.
He further added the lights play an important role in deterring criminal activity in the Stanleytown Cemetery area.
Paul Peters, a resident of Islington, also took a ride on his bicycle to overlook the brightly lit turn that leads into Stanleytown.
Like the others, he is satisfied with this development in his community.
Story and Images: Nafeeza Yahya-Sakur