Works Minister Rohan Sinanan is assuring that once temporary patchwork is completed, the damaged Uriah Butler Highway will be repaved.
He made the comment moments ago, even as workers from the ministry continued working of patching up several areas of the highway where flood waters had caused serious structural damage to the roadway.
An aerial view of the highway showed there were still flood waters on the southbound carriageway of the highway near the Caroni Bird Sanctuary Overpass up to 10 am.
The Ministry of Works and Transport has started repair work on various parts of the Uriah Butler Highway which were damaged by the weekend’s devastating flooding.
Both lanes were reopened to traffic hours ago after ministry officials determined flood waters on the southbound lane had receded sufficiently.
With the Caroni River still overflowing its banks, hundreds of motorists either trying to get to north or south Trinidad remain stranded on the Uriah Butler Highway.
And while hundreds of Good Samaritans have risked their own wellbeing to take aid to flood victims as torrential rain and flooding continues across Trinidad, disturbing stories about wrecker owners exploiting those trapped have emerged.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is warning motorists to avoid roads and highways between the Munroe Road Flyover in Chaguanas heading north and Grand Bazaar, Valsayn, heading south, since they are now impassable due to high water levels.
In an advisory sent out just before midday, Griffith said officers from the T&T Police Service are on the scene to maintain order and provide support where necessary.
High Court Judge James Aboud is expected to deliver judgement in the Highway Reroute Movement (HRM)'s protracted lawsuit, challenging the controversial Debe to Mon Desir segment of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension project to Point Fortin, in January.
Aboud reserved his judgement in the case after attorneys representing the State completed their oral submissions at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain on Wednesday afternoon.
The Ministry of Works and Transport is advising the public that there will be a temporary traffic disruption along the Solomon Hochoy Highway-South Bound, in the vicinity of Gasparillo Bypass and the Brian Lara Stadium Access Route from Thursday.
It says this has become necessary in order to facilitate road rehabilitation and stabilization works which will commence on Thursday 30th August, 2018 and end on Sunday 2nd September, 2018 between the hours of 9pm and 5am.
In light of this, motorists are advised to comply with the following:-
The Government is now free to resume work on the Cumuto Highway as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council today dismissed the appeal by Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) against the award of the Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) granted to the Ministry of Works.
The Privy Council’s written judgment will be delivered on 8 October, 2018.
The matter surrounds the granting of a Certificate of Environmental Clearance to the Ministry of Works and Transport in June 2017.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has confirmed that there has been no obstruction to the normal flow of traffic along the Beetham Highway, Port of Spain, contrary to reports circulating via social media.
A statement by the TTPS says that following a police-involved shooting incident in the Beetham Gardens area around 6:30 am today, officers of the Port of Spain Division moved in swiftly to maintain law and order.
It says that as a consequence of the preemptive action of the police, there was no disruption in the flow of traffic.