Update: PBR closed again to light vehicles
Update: 3.25 pm, Monday September 23, 2019
The Ministry of Works and Transport said the Priority Bus Route is once again closed to light vehicles, after highways and major roads were once again declared passable, after flooding on Sunday evening.
The Ministry said the PBR was once again closed as of 12.00 pm Monday, after the all-clear was given along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway and other major roads.
Update: 8:00 am on Monday 23 September 2019
The Ministry of Works and Transport has advised that the Priority Bus Route will remain open to light traffic from Port of Spain to Macoya Junction until midday today.
The PBR was opened on Sunday night in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion caused by floodwaters on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in the vicinity of the intersection with the Uriah Butler Highway.
That portion of the highway is now passable to vehicles.
The Ministry said it is making every effort to restore the road network to a state of normalcy in the shortest possible time frame.
The Ministry of Works and Transport is advising that the Priority Bus Route (PBR) will be opened to light traffic from Port of Spain to Macoya Junction with immediate effect.
It said this has become necessary to assist with mobility as a result of flooding along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway (CRH).
The measure will end at 5 am on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is advising that traffic proceeding north along Uriah Butler Highway (in the vicinity of Grand Bazaar) is being re-routed west along Churchill Roosevelt Highway to Maritime Roundabout, then unto the Priority Bus Route.
In a statement, it said traffic proceeding south along Uriah Butler Highway is being re-routed east unto Priority Bus Route, then south unto Southern Main Road.
All traffic proceeding east and west on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway is being re-routed onto the Priority Bus Route via Maritime Roundabout and Southern Main Road, Curepe, respectively until floodwaters subside in the vicinity of Nestle and Arthur Lok Jack Roundabout respectively.
The eastbound and westbound lanes of the Churchill Roosevelt Highway (CHR) in vicinity of Grand Bazaar is flooded.
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Public Information Officer Wayne Mystar is advising motorists to seek alternative routes.
“At present, the Churchill Roosevelt Highway-both the eastbound and the westbound lane-in the vicinity of the Grand Bazaar is under water,” he said.
Persons are also advised to drive with a level of caution.