Last update: 11-Dec-2013 10:14 pm
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online
You are here
Oropune walkover opened
Oropune residents continued to dodge the six lanes of traffic on the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway yesterday even as government formally opened a multi-million-dollar pedestrian walkover. Works and Infrastructure Minister Surujrattan Rambachan criticised the residents for not using it. The overpass spans the highway near the Piarco traffic lights. “Here we are building a bridge and people still crossing the road,” Rambachan said, referring to two women who were crossing the highway as he spoke.
“They must be saying it’s too high. What price is there on life? What price is there on limbs?” he asked. Rambachan said the overpass was built and designed by PURE (Programme for Upgrading Roads Efficiency) and was six metres in height with 75 metres of footpath. Rambachan said he asked for bus sheds, toilet facilities and elevators to be added to assist the elderly.
“Our objective is to minimise delays on the highways as we are doing to improve the ways people commute. This was due to the lack of attention to rural infrastructure to create security and roadways,” he said. Prakash Ramadhar, MP for St Augustine, said he had toured the area and was surprised at the large population in Oropune. “It shocked me to realise how much elderly and children were dodging traffic and putting their lives at risk. It is maddening to think it took seven years to build,” he added.
Ramadhar said the original estimate for the project was $10 million but less than $5 million was spent. He added: “That is the value, to cut out fat and wastage. It was an act of patriotism to give them what they needed and to learn that a community has one road in and out. “It is a difficult thing. How could a past regime not look at the security of the elderly and children?” he asked. Rambachan later turned the sod for the construction of the Valencia Bypass Road, Valencia.
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff. Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Please help us keep out site clean from inappropriate comments by using the flag option.
Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments. Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.