New Cuanapo Bridge in Sangre Grande now open
Minister of Works Rohan Sinanan and Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Chair Terry Rondon cut the ribbon to open the new Cuanapo Bridge today.
The new Cuanapo Bridge in Sangre Grande is now open.
The Ministry of Works and Transport officially opened the bridge on the Cunapo Southern Road, Sangre Grande today.
Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Works and Transport, Terry Rondon, Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation, Glenda Jennings Smith, Member of Parliament for Toco/Sangre Grande and Christine Newallo-Hosein, Member of Parliament for Cumuto/Manzanilla and others were on hand for the brief opening ceremony.
Over the past decade, the Ministry of Works and Transport received numerous requests from the business community, residents, and SWAHA Hindu College indicating that the Cunapo Bridge was unsafe to traverse.
Main concerns included a lack of pedestrian access along the bridge particularly for children attending SWAHA, reduced traffic flow along the Cunapo Southern Main Road as the bridge could only accommodate single lane traffic, the continued dilapidation of the existing bridge and perennial flooding in the area, the Ministry said in a release.
After consultation with the relevant stakeholders, the Ministry along with the Drainage Division, the Environmental, Health and Safety Unit, Chief Traffic Engineer and members of the fence line community agreed that the best strategy would be to realign the river channel with the new bridge being constructed south of the existing structure.
This option, the Ministry said, would have best treated with drainage issues in the area and the challenge of providing a feasible detour road during the reconstruction of the new bridge.
The Cunapo Bridge Project was executed under Phase 2 of the Bridge Reconstruction programme and construction began in April 2018.
Construction works included the reconstruction of the new 27-meter span bridge south of the existing bridge structure, realignment and construction of 229 meters of the new river channel on lands being acquired, demolition of the old bridge and backfilling and regrading of the existing river channel.
The Ministry said additional benefits of this new bridge include significantly reduced delays, time lost, road user costs, vehicle emissions from exhaust associated with these traffic issues and reduced localised flooding along the Cunapo Southern Main Road.
The new two-lane bridge also includes two pedestrian footpaths that will eliminate the excessive traffic pileups that exist along the Cunapo Southern Main Road and the ancillary associated networks such as Juteram Street, Mary Street, Paul Street, Barker Trace and Eastern Main Road.