Tuesday, January 16, 2018

PM: Traffic ease soon

THE third phase of the Churchill Roosevelt/Uriah Butler Highway Interchange was yesterday officially opened by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as a mass transit solution for motorists travelling between North and South Trinidad.

From this morning and for the remainder of the week, police officers will be positioned along the interchange to assist motorists with proper directions as they use the roadway.

At a cost of $447.3 million, Package C of the interchange is the last segment of works to complete the interchange which will be completed by the end of January next year.

The Package C Bridge cost $191 million, while the Package C Ramps project cost $256.3 million.

The National Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (NIDCO) said: “The bridge takes the Uriah Butler Highway northbound over the Churchill Roosevelt Highway at a point west of the existing intersection, and consists of two two-span bridges each 63.5 metres long.

The western bridge is 12.4 metres wide comprising two traffic lanes (3.65 metres each), one shoulder/turning lanes each 3.5 metres wide and one sidewalk of 1.2 metres.”

Vinci Construction Grands was contracted by NIDCO to construct the bridge which was completed ahead of the scheduled time of 17 months.

In her feature address yesterday, Persad-Bissessar said the interchange was only one of several projects being undertaken by the government when it came to road development in the country.

 She said, in two weeks, works on the Trincity bridge will commence bringing to end the frustration of people who have to endure traffic on their way east.

Tenders have already been submitted and are currently being evaluated for the Curepe Interchange, she said.

Persad-Bissessar added that the Diego Martin Highway extension project was also ongoing. She said on Wednesday the Oropune walkover will be fully commissioned, with the government also commencing work along the Valencia Bypass Road to Sangre Grande.

“The government has to ensure that resources are distributed evenly throughout the nation. Our objective with road development is that rural towns would become more attractive for people who work and live in these areas.

There is work taking place in the North, the South, the East and the West. So there is work taking place everywhere. It is not just South of Caroni as some allege,” said Persad-Bissessar.