The Ministry of Works and Transport will be hosting an official sod turning ceremony on Tuesday for the Churchill Roosevelt Highway Extension to Manzanilla (CRHEM).
Scheduled for 10am at the Forestry Division's Cumuto Pine Nursery, Main Road Cumuto, the ceremony will be chaired by Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan while Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will deliver the feature address.
The highway extension project is to be done on a phase basis with Phase 1 being a 14 km stretch from Cumuto Junction to the Toco Main Road.
Three major interchanges; at the Churchill Roosevelt Highway (CHR)/Cumuto; Cumuto Junction; and Eastern Main Road, Sangre Grande are expected to be constructed.
The proposed route commences at the proposed Cumuto Interchange #2 about 8km southeast of the CRH. It is proposed that the highway will proceed east of Wallerfield, south of the Aripo Savannah, north of the Town of Sangre Grande and subsequently proceed in a south easterly direction to end just beyond the Toco Main Road.
Express understands there were six bids for the project, which is being awarded in small packages. Package 1A was awarded to CALCO Construction while Package 1B is yet to be awarded
Chairman of National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco) Herbert George has stated there's an estimated cost of ranging between $2-$5 billion for the new highway from Sangre Grande to Toco.