Saturday 20 July, 2019

Sinanan: Parts of Toco/Sangre Grande Highway by next year

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan speaks in the Senate on June 25, 2019.

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan speaks in the Senate on June 25, 2019.

Sangre Grande residents and those who utilise the Eastern Main Road can expect to see some improvement in the current traffic delays experienced along the main route.

This, as Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan assured that segments of the Toco/Sangre Grande highway – which he was sure to point out Opposition had objected to – would be delivered some time in 2020.

Responding to a question from Opposition Senator Wade Mark during Tuesday’s sitting of the Senate, Sinanan said while there is little that can be done given the existing road infrastructure, the Ministry’s Traffic Management Branch, in partnership with the Police Service, has been working to bring some relief where it can.

“This question startled me because I have heard so much about a highway from Wallerfield to Sangre Grande, that we were building it in the bush and all kinds of things and why we wasting money to build a highway.”

“We are building a highway to Sangre Grande simply because the demand on the Eastern Main Road exceeds the supply and there is very little that could be done to improve capacity in this area.

However, until that highway to Sangre Grande is completed, the Traffic Management Branch of the Ministry is liaising with the TTPS and the Municipal Police in the area to improve enforcement of indiscriminatory parking, loading and offloading of goods vehicles, illegal vending,” he continued.

The Minister indicated that the PURE Unit and NIDCO are both involved in the infrastructure project and will assist in enabling the mobility in Sangre Grande and environs.

“The people on the Eastern seaboard can’t wait for that highway to reach to Sangre Grande,” Sinanan concluded.

When questioned further by Senator Mark on a completion date, the Works Minister said segments of the highway will be delivered some time next year.

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