Thursday, July 11, 2013

Section of Point Fortin Highway to open in August: Rambachan

Point highway takes shape
One section of the multi-billion dollar from San Fernando to Point Fortin is nearly finished and will open in August.

Works Minister Suruj Rambachan made the announcement Wednesday during a tour of the project Wednesday. He said phase one of the highway comprising four kilometres from Golconda to Debe would open by the second week of August.

He said the other sections of the highway have also been delivered to the contractor including the Mosquito Creek segment.

“This is a first-hand view of the immense progress that is taking place with respect to the highway from Golconda to Point Fortin, the section between Golconda and Debe is being paved and this four kilometres will be available for use by the public by the second week of August, barring rain, for the latest the third week of August,” Rambachan said.

“What they are doing is they are creating the roadways in a sort of diamond shape which will accommodate the traffic so there will be no traffic pile-up at that point in time, it’s a really intricate design and lot of thought has gone into ensuring that the public is in no way displaced as a result of the construction,” he said.

“Not only is the highway being paved but the utilities to provide the lighting of the highway is already placed on the ground so that all of the cables are on the ground and just a matter now of TTEC to place the poles and make the connections in the next couple of weeks,” Rambachan said.

Rambachan said he does not expect any cost overruns. "As you know it is a fixed price contract and except where there are price increase in materials where there might be some variations but so far everything is online and on target.”

The minister said although a Brazilian contractor is the main firm on the project 520 of the 547 workers building the highway are local employees. He added that local contractors are handling 52 per cent of the work.
Dr Rambachan shakes hands with some of the workers on the highway project

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