Point Fortin Highway

Portion of Point Fortin Highway collapses

A small portion of the $7.5 billion dollar Point Fortin highway has collapsed due to erosion and there are fears that more of the roadway could end up with the same fate if works are not resumed soon.

The road heading to La Brea and Point Fortin has started to cave in because of incomplete drainage works as construction stopped with the change in administration.

Mow residents are fearful that more cave-ins can happen unless reinforcement drainage works resume.

Point Fortin Highway to be completed in 3 years

The Works Minister says the Point Fortin Highway may be completed within the next 2 and a half to 3 years.

This as the project is currently at a standstill due to a legal battle between the state and recently terminated contractor OAS.

Minister Hinds says OAS is attempting to challenge the notice of termination.

But Minister Hinds said the government is committed to finishing the highway started by the People's Partnership administration.

Hinds says the rest of the highway will be completed in segments by local contractors, and the tendering would begin soon.

OAS workers picket Works Ministry for outstanding money

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.