As works continue on the Curepe Interchange, one driver is said to have ignored the height restrictions while approaching the work site.
Reports indicate that the driver of the truck ignored the height restriction, even after being told that he could not continue beyond a particular point at Valsayn before the Interchange.
Reports are that the truck driver attempted to manoeuvre the truck beneath the temporary height restriction barrier and the barrier collapsed after the truck came into contact with it, while another approaching vehicle was hit by the falling barrier.
The temporary traffic disruption on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway’s eastbound and westbound lanes near the Curepe Interchange continues today…
An official release from NIDCO and the Works and Transport Ministry indicates that the disruption will remain in effect until 9 tonight.
This disruption is to facilitate the transportation and delivery of steel girders from the Chaguaramas Port to the Curepe Intersection, in order to continue construction works on the Bridge Flyover for the Curepe Interchange Project.
Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, has revealed that at least 16 people may have been caught in the web of an ongoing police probe, into possible fraud at the Licensing Office.
The minister says the three year project to modernise and computerise the day-to-day operations at Licensing, has made it impossible for irregularities to remain hidden.
He confirms that they have been cooperating with police, and he expects that as the initiative continues, more illegal behaviour will be uncovered.
The National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) has no issue in signing a one-year lease for the Jean de la Valette with Virtu Ferries, whose managing director Francis Portelli, of parent company Vitru Holdings, has been involved in a huge oil scandal in Malta and has allegations of money laundering and bribery still hanging over his head.
The Curepe Interchange is expected to be completed by November of this year.
This was announced by NIDCO chairman Hubert George during the sod turning ceremony for the interchange on Wednesday morning.
The interchange is expected to cost $221 million, a figure that both Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan said was significantly lower than the $513 million allocation granted to the project under the previous People's Partnership administration.
Workers attached to Brazilian construction firm OAS Construtora are again pleading for monies which they say are owed to them.
The workers and sub-contractors picketed the Ministry of Works this morning calling on the government to intervene.
They say workers are being lied to regarding their outstanding wages. Safety officer, Jameel Thomas says they are being bounced back and forth between NIDCO and OAS.