There was no traffic disruption at the Curepe Intersection yesterday as the National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco) had warned motorists to expect some level of inconvenience during work of the project.
In a release on Friday, Nidco warned the public, mainly motorists and residents, to expect traffic disruption from 8 am to 6 pm along the eastbound lanes of the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway near the Curepe Interchange.
The release stated that a minimum of two lanes would remain open to motorists along the eastbound lanes at all times, as they advised motorists to exercise caution, observe all road signs and reduce their speed when approaching the worksite.
Taxi and maxi drivers who ply their trade from Curepe to Chaguanas, Grand Bazaar, San Fernando and St Helena and back said they experienced no traffic build-up while using the lanes.
Curepe to Chagunanas maxi taxi driver Razia Asgarali said she had anticipated gridlock yesterday on hearing that there would be traffic disruptions, but things ran smoothly.
“Probably if the disruption was during the week drivers would have faced a lot more pressure. But we were taken by surprise.”
Another driver Jason Villafana said the only thing that motorists and passengers had to cautious about was dust from the heavy machinery stationed at the worksite.
“We can’t wait for the project to be completed because during the week is real traffic drivers does have to face. Drivers really have been exercising a lot of patience,” Villafana said.
A new traffic flow at the Curepe Intersection went into effect in June.
In February, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley turned the sod for the $221 million project undertaken by China Railway Construction Corporation which is expected to be completed in November.
The project will alleviate traffic from the East into Port-of-Spain.