Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Construction to begin on Diego Martin Highway pedestrian overpass

Construction of the Diego Martin Highway, at the Intersection of Morne Coco Road and the Diego Martin Highway, will begin on Monday.

The project, which is expected to be completed in the space of eight months at a cost of $10.87 million, will reduce pedestrian and vehicular ‘conflicts’ along the Diego Martin Highway.

The Ministry of Works and Transport on Friday advised that work will be conducted at the site between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm.

All efforts will be made to divert traffic when using heavy machinery, the Ministry added.

The scope of works of the project include:

•             Demolition and reinstatement of the existing property walls; HDC Compound (western side) and Four Roads Government Primary School (Eastern Side)

•             Construction of reinforced concrete foundations, piers, ramps, and slabs

•             Fabrication, assembly, testing and erection of the main truss superstructure to the walkover

•             Construction of associated drainage works

•             Relocation and protection of existing utility infrastructure

•             Installation of handrails along superstructure, road signs, and security fence  

The benefits of the project include: improvement of pedestrian access to and from the school and the residential and commercial areas within the community, safe crossing of the highway for the differently abled with the construction of access ramps and a significant reduction in the time it takes for a pedestrian coming from either side of Morne Coco Road to cross the highway, which presently takes almost 10 minutes while waiting on the pedestrian traffic signals to allow people to cross.

As the construction commences, motorists are advised to proceed with caution and observe all directional signs and barriers, comply with instructions from police officers on site to facilitate a safe and orderly flow of traffic, remain aware of heavy equipment entering and exiting the site, and drive at a reduced speed on approaching the work zone.

For further information, visit the Ministry's website or call the PURE Unit at 636-2350.

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