Public Advisory

Minister: Decision to be made this afternoon on return of T&T Spirit

The Transport Minister says by this afternoon a determination will be made on the readiness of the T&T Spirit.

The Port Authority has said that the T&T Spirit which is supposed to take over the passenger ferry route, should be ready by tomorrow, as the agreement with Caribbean Airlines was stipulated till the 22nd of this month.

The Spirit was expected to be in operation last week but the Port Authority said further testing needed to be done.

Water interruptions in South West Trinidad tomorrow

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of South West Trinidad that there will be an interruption in their water supply on Wednesday March 21st, 2018 between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm.

WASA says this has become necessary in order to facilitate repairs to a defective valve in the vicinity of Mosquito Creek.

Areas to be affected include:

Police concerned as pedestrian road deaths on the rise

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is expressing concern over what it calls the alarming increase in road deaths involving pedestrians for the year thus far.

The Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch Records and Statistics Unit, reports that nine (9) of the fourteen (14) road deaths for 2018, comprise pedestrians, accounting for 64% of total road fatalities for the year, compared to 21% or three (3) fatalities, for the corresponding period in 2017.

The TTPS is urging all road users to exercise extreme care when using the roadways.

Kick em’ Jenny acting up; alert level raised to orange

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has announced that the Kick em’ Jenny (KeJ) Volcano has now been elevated to an Orange Alert Level.

KeJ is one of the most active volcanoes in the Eastern Caribbean and as such the University of the West Indies – Seismic Research Centre (UWI SRC) instruments may record increased earthquake activity beneath the volcano during sustained periods.

Overnight, during March 11-12 2018, a substantial increase in earthquake activity associated with the volcano was recorded.

Port shuts down entire ferry fleet; back to Caribbean Airlines arrangement

The Port Authority says that in the interest of public safety, it has decided to temporarily suspend the operations of the passenger ferries until all outstanding works are completed.

The T&T Express has been the lone passenger vessel in service and has been making the crossing in approximately 4 hrs and is over-due for its statutory maintenance programme.

The T&T Spirit was expected to resume the service on March 13 however, there are still some outstanding works to be addressed, and is now expected to resume operations on or by March 22, 2018.

T&T Express back in service tomorrow, T&T Spirit by March 13th

The Port Authority says repairs to the T&T Express have been completed, and the vessel will resume its sailings as follows:

From Port-of-Spain:

Thursday 8th March - 2 pm
Friday 9th March - 2 pm

From Tobago:

Friday 9th March - 6.30 am

However, the Port Authority says the T&T Spirit is continuing its maintenance programme and is expected to resume operations by March 13th.

Flooding affecting supply of water to northern Trinidad

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in North, Central and South Trinidad served by the Caroni Water Treatment Plant, who are currently experiencing low water pressures or in some cases no water that, this is due to reduced production at the plant, caused by flooding at the facility following torrential rainfall on Sunday.

WASA says it is currently engaged in carrying out remedial works, which are scheduled to be completed by 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday March 6, 2018.

Among the affected areas are:

Lady Young Road to be closed again Tuesday during specific hours

The Ministry of Works and Transport says the Lady Young Road, Morvant will be temporarily closed tomorrow from 9 am to 3 pm, and again from 7 pm Tuesday to 5 am on Wednesday 7th March, 2018, for further slope stabilization works.

The road was reopened this morning to vehicular traffic after being closed over the weekend.

The road was cut off by a landslide last Thursday and the ministry has been working to ensure that there are no further land slips since then.

Partial opening of PBR ends

The Ministry of Works and Transport says now that slope stabilization works on the Lady Young Road, Morvant has ended, the partial opening of the Priority Bus Route (PBR) for light motor vehicles from Abattoir Road, Port of Spain to Morvant Junction also ended on Monday 5th March, 2018 at 11:30 am.

The Ministry is advising commuters that the Lady Young Road is now accessible to vehicular traffic.

Parts of the PBR were opened last Thursday and throughout the weekend, to ease traffic caused by the landslide.