Sunday 20 October, 2019

MOWT begins repairs to Cable Barrier System on Sir Solomon Hochoy H'wy

Drivers are advised of works being carried out to install cable barriers on parts of the Solomon Hochoy Highway from Saturday March 10, 2018.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Works and Transport issued Saturday, repairs to the High Tension Cable Barrier System along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway has resumed. 

The repairs form part of the Ministry's drive to improve road safety along the nation's roadways.

The Ministry's Traffic Management Branch began repair work to the protective barriers after sourcing the necessary funding.

The Ministry said it has always placed road safety high on its agenda and conducted the necessary assessments on the damaged cable barriers, however the repairs had been paused due to a lack of available funding. 

The purpose of the Cable Barrier System is to prevent vehicles from crossing the median to opposing lanes of traffic in an attempt to try to prevent head-on collisions.

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan was on site on Saturday to monitor the repairs and said that the Cable Barrier System should not be used as an alternative for reckless driving, exceeding the speed limit, driving under the influence or using mobile phones while driving.

The Ministry said it is looking into gaining compensation for the Cable Barrier System from insurance companies once they have been damaged by a motorist. 

Motorists are required to adhere to speed limits and drive responsible. 

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