AFTER years of protests and consultation, the first phase of the extension of the Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin will officially be ready for use tomorrow.
And to mark the occasion, a grand opening ceremony is being planned today with a guest list of high-ranking officials from this country and Brazil.
The guest list for the ceremony has crossed over 700, the Express was told.
Residents in the constituencies of Fyzabad, Siparia, Oropouche East and Oropouche West have also been invited to join in the celebrations.
The public can expect a heavy army and police presence at the Golconda Intersection site, where the ceremony will take place from 2.30 p.m.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is expected to deliver the feature address.
The construction of the highway was a promise made to the nation by the People’s Partnership during the election campaign of 2010.
The Golconda-to-Point Fortin Highway Project comprises approximately 47 kilometres of four-lane highway and 2.5 kilometres of two-lane highways.
The contract is being undertaken by Brazilian company Construtora OAS SA, with AECOM as the supervising consultant and the National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco) as the employer for the project.
Design and construction works began in March 2011 and the contract schedule completion date is March 2015. Halcrow Ltd is undertaking the engineering and designs.
The extension of the highway consists of four phases. Construction of the first two phases has begun, and design works for the other two are in progress.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on television.