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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is warning motorists to avoid roads and highways between the Munroe Road Flyover in Chaguanas heading north and Grand Bazaar, Valsayn, heading south, since they are now impassable due to high water levels.
In an advisory sent out just before midday, Griffith said officers from the T&T Police Service are on the scene to maintain order and provide support where necessary.