Member of Parliament for Laventillle West, Fitzgerald Hinds MP (centre), cuts the ribbon to declare John Trace formally open. From left to right – Leisel Thorne, EPOS Director; Adrian Leonce MP, Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development; MP Hinds (centre); Dr Deborah Thomas-Austin, Managing Director of the East Port of Spain Development Company; and Olson Oliver, EPOS Director. (Image courtesy East Port of Spain Development Company Limited)

Twenty-six families of John Trace, off Boxhill Trace in Laventille, are now breathing a sigh of relief as vehicular access through their community has been made possible with the construction of a new roadway.

The new roadway connects Boxhilll Trace to Laventille Road, a release from the East Port of Spain (EPOS) Development Company Limited explains.

Guardrails and reflectors were installed to ensure the safety of vehicles and pedestrians, while a ramp and marked parking provide for the needs of a disabled resident. 

A plaque also was unveiled to recognize the efforts of Mrs. Michelle Lewis-Byron, who worked tirelessly to advocate for the project and ensure its successful implementation.

Evette Lewis (right), mother of Mrs. Michelle Lewis Byron, proudly stands next to the plaque in honour of her daughter who worked tirelessly to ensure construction of the new John Trace access road. (Image courtesy East Port of Spain Development Company Limited)

EPOS recently completed two other projects to improve access to residents of Mendoza Z Road in Belmont, and Plaisance Road in John John.

The simple ceremony declaring the new John Trace roadway officially open was supported by members of the community, who openly expressed their appreciation for the paved road after years of a muddy footpath, slippery slopes and negotiating the difficult terrain, particularly in the rainy season.  The redesign mitigates against further erosion and landslips and improves drainage.

The new roadway was formally opened on Friday 16th April 2021, by Adrian Leonce MP, Member of Parliament for Laventille East/Morvant, and Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development; and Fitzgerald Hinds MP, Member of Parliament for Laventille West, in whose constituency the project is located. 

Also present at the ceremony were Dr Deborah Thomas-Austin, Managing Director of the East Port of Spain Development Company Limited; and Leisel Thorne and Olson Oliver, Directors of the East Port of Spain Development Company Limited.