Mosquito Creek “a disaster waiting to happen”—Dr Suruj Rambachan

Former Works and Transport Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan said yesterday’s accident along Mosquito Creek was a disaster waiting to happen.

In a press release, Dr Rambachan said the recently opened section along the Creek was opened without any shoulder, and very narrow lanes. He says it is an example of the carelessness of the current government in treating with the lives and safety of citizens.

Highway CoE commissioners sworn in

The Op­po­si­tion UNC is await­ing word on when pub­lic hear­ings will be­gin by the Com­mis­sion of En­quiry (CoE) in­to the Point Fortin High­way land ac­qui­si­tion is­sue, fol­low­ing yes­ter­day's swear­ing-in of the two com­mis­sion­ers.

Over 100 properties acquired for highway no longer needed

The State is sad­dled with $345 mil­lion in claims for prop­er­ties that were ac­quired to make way for the con­struc­tion of the Solomon Ho­choy High­way Ex­ten­sion to Point Fortin.

And over 100 prop­er­ties were ac­quired that are no longer in the way of the pro­posed road de­vel­op­ment.

This was re­vealed by Works and Trans­port Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan on Wednes­day dur­ing an event in Guapo, where Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley turned the sod for pack­ages, 5D, 6C and 3A of the high­way ex­ten­sion project.

PM tours Manzanilla highway project

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has toured the first two phases of the CRH extension to Manzanilla

Accompanied by Works Minister Rohan Sinanan, a team from NIDCO and officials from Kallco Co Ltd, Dr Rowley visited phase 1 of the works which has two parts.

Phase 1A which is 2.5km in length is estimated to cost approximatley $198 million dollars and is expected to be completed in August.

 Phase 1B is estimated to cost 204 million dollars and is expected to be completed in January 2020.

Reporter: Jesse Ramdeo

Two hurt in highway accident

Two people escaped death when a vehicle they were in crashed into the back of an AD wagon and ran off the road along the Churchhill Roosevelt Highway on Monday evening. 

Robert Eric Doe of Edinburg, Chaguanas is warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. 

He suffered injuries to his head. 

Police believe Doe could have endured a medical problem which caused him to lose control of his van. 

The driver of the AD wagon Alton Micheal Felix of Mount Hope walked away from the crash without injuries. 

Rohan: Uriah Butler Highway patchwork temporary

Works Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan is as­sur­ing that once tem­po­rary patch­work is com­plet­ed, the dam­aged Uri­ah But­ler High­way will be repaved.

He made the com­ment mo­ments ago, even as work­ers from the min­istry con­tin­ued work­ing of patch­ing up sev­er­al ar­eas of the high­way where flood wa­ters had caused se­ri­ous struc­tur­al dam­age to the road­way.

An aer­i­al view of the high­way showed there were still flood wa­ters on the south­bound car­riage­way of the high­way near the Ca­roni Bird Sanc­tu­ary Over­pass up to 10 am.

Works Ministry starts highway repair

The Min­istry of Works and Trans­port has start­ed re­pair work on var­i­ous parts of the Uri­ah But­ler High­way which were dam­aged by the week­end’s dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing.

Both lanes were re­opened to traf­fic hours ago af­ter min­istry of­fi­cials de­ter­mined flood wa­ters on the south­bound lane had re­ced­ed suf­fi­cient­ly.

Wrecker owners exploiting trapped UBH drivers

With the Ca­roni Riv­er still over­flow­ing its banks, hun­dreds of mo­torists ei­ther try­ing to get to north or south Trinidad re­main strand­ed on the Uri­ah But­ler High­way.

And while hun­dreds of Good Samar­i­tans have risked their own well­be­ing to take aid to flood vic­tims as tor­ren­tial rain and flood­ing con­tin­ues across Trinidad, dis­turb­ing sto­ries about wreck­er own­ers ex­ploit­ing those trapped have emerged.