Motorists can officially return to the Lady Young Road route today, as the green light has been given for its reopening by the Ministry of Works and Transport.
The major roadway, which crosses the foothills of the Northern Range, became impassable last week after two landslides made impassable and dangerous to traverse. The road was officially closed off to vehicular traffic as work crew cleared away debris and ensured it was safe before giving the all clear for vehicles to return.
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The Lady Young Road will remain closed today to facilitate the clearance of debris by the Ministry of Works and Transport in order to be reopened to the public tomorrow. This was announced by Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan yesterday.
Motorists were able to drive from the Morvant Junction up the Lady Young where they had to make a detour down Maryland Hill. The Lookout was used as a staging area for the heavy earth moving equipment and trucks to remove the falling debris and rubble.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising of traffic restrictions along the East-bound carriageway of the Beetham Highway from late tonight, east of the lighthouse in the vicinity of the PTSC compound.
WASA says this has become necessary in order to carry out repairs to a leaking 8” pipeline at this location.
These restrictions will be in place from 10 pm on Friday March 2, 2018 to 6 am on Saturday March 3, 2018
The public is being asked to use alternative routes where possible.
If you plan on heading into the capital city today for work, business or pleasure expect a significant traffic disruption as one of the main arteries used by motorists, the Lady Young Road, in Morvant is unlikely to be reopened.
Engineers worked overnight to clear mounds of rock, trees and silt which posed a significant threat and are hoping to reopen at least one lane of the roadway today.
Alternative routes into and out of the city are the Eastern Main Road and the Beetham Highway.
Drivers can also take the scenic, but longer route, through Maraval and Santa Cruz.
The Water and Sewerage Authority put out an advisory today informing customers served by the El Socorro Booster Station that there will be an interruption in their pipe borne water supply from 8:00 p.m. on Friday March 2nd, 2018 to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday March 3rd, 2018.
WASA says this is necessary to facilitate planned maintenance work at the facility.
Customers are further advised that upon restart of the station, it may take between 8 to 12 hours for the scheduled pipe-borne service to be normalized to some areas.
Motorists are advised that a landslide along the Lady Young Road is causing traffic to back up around the Queens Park Savannah.
Motorists are advised to use alternative routes at this time.
The Regional Corporations, Ministry of Works and Transport, Fire Service and Police Service are on the scene at this time.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service says it is seeking information from members of the public who may have interacted with the Instagram account ‘figarott’, or ‘Figaros International Model Agency’, or a person with a Facebook profile by the name of ‘Kyle Romiah’.
The appeal came via a statement issued by the TTPS on Monday afternoon.
The statement did not go into any detail but police are asking anyone with information about the above social media accounts, to contact 671-0988.