Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Sea Lots walkover officially opened

Photo: The Sea Lots walkover was officially opened on December 14, 2018. The walkover was initiated after an accident in which a mother and her two daughters were hit and killed by a vehicle in 2013.  Photos courtesy the Ministry of Works and Transport.

Photo: The Sea Lots walkover was officially opened on December 14, 2018. The walkover was initiated after an accident in which a mother and her two daughters were hit and killed by a vehicle in 2013. Photos courtesy the Ministry of Works and Transport.

The Sea Lots walkover, said to be the country's longest walkover, was officially opened on December 14, 2018.

Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan, said he was happy to be able to make the Sea Lots community safer with the opening of the walkover.

“Another project delivered within budget that I am proud will bring relief to so many residents of Sea Lots and other road users," he said.

The project was completed at a cost of $10.4 million. 

The walkover will be lit at night to help pedestrians cross safely over the Beetham Highway. 

Minister of Public Administration, Marlene McDonald, recalled a gruesome accident which occurred in 2013 in which a mother and her two children were killed after they were hit by a vehicle, which was driven by off-duty police officer Sher­wyn Leg­ere.

28-year-old Hady Paul and her daughters, Akasha Paul, eight, and Shakira Paul, seven, were returning to their home at Production Drive, Sea Lots, from the market, in February 2013, when they were hit by Legere, whose vehicle had spun out of control. 

Several others were wounded in the accident, including Ryan Rampersad, who was paralysed from the neck down.

Following the deaths, residents in Sea Lots angrily called for a walkover to be installed. 

Port of Spain mayor, Joel Martinez, encouraged citizens to visit the Port of Spain market with the walkover providing safe access to and from the venue. 

"There's a hub of activity on the weekend and the nice thing about the walkover is that we may be able to utilise car park space and people can walk over to the market in comfort," he said. 

Minister Sinanan said he was hopeful that the walkover would also help alleviate traffic congestion. 

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