South Drain

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South Drain
South Drain is located in Suriname
South Drain
South Drain
Location in Suriname
Coordinates: 5°45′N 57°8′W / 5.750°N 57.133°W / 5.750; -57.133
Country  Suriname
District Nickerie District

South Drain, also Zuiddrain, is a town in western Suriname. Since the pavement of 32 kilometres (20 mi) road section to Nieuw Nickerie, it is the final destination of the northern East-West Link. The European Union funded the reconstruction, which started in 2007, with 13.2 million euro.[1][2] The section was opened on 30 April 2010.[3][4] There is a jeep trail between South Drain and Apoera, connecting the Northern East-West Link with the Southern East-West Link. Contrary to earlier plans, the pavement of this road is not imminent.[5]

Suriname-Guyana border[edit]

Since 1998, the CANAWAIMA ferry connects South Drain with Moleson Creek in Guyana.[6] This is the only legal connection between the two countries, but before the repavement of the road many travelers preferred to take a back-track route.[7]

With the completion of the Berbice Bridge in December 2008, and the earlier completion of the Coppename Bridge 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 becoming increasingly concrete in January 2011.[8]


  1. ^ - Asfaltering weg naar South Drain
  2. ^ Dagblad Suriname - Activiteiten asfaltering South Drain in volle gang
  3. ^ De Ware Tijd - President en vicepresident openen officieel Southdrainweg te Nickerie
  4. ^ De Ware Tijd - Weg South Drain na 29 maanden klaar
  5. ^ De Ware Tijd - 'Nog geen asfaltering wegvak South Drain-Apoera'
  6. ^ Ministerie van Transport, Communicatie en Toerisme - De Canawaima Ferry Service Incorporated
  7. ^ Kaieteur News - Canawaima Ferry Service seeks to boost travel
  8. ^ Dagblad Suriname - OW-minister en Ballast Nedam bekijken locatie Corantijnbrug

Coordinates: 5°45′N 57°8′W / 5.750°N 57.133°W / 5.750; -57.133