MOWT adds safety upgrades to Point Fortin highway extension

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MOWT adds safety upgrades to Point Fortin highway extension

The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) is making safety upgrades to the new Archibald DeLeon Highway, where radio disc jockey Clyde ‘The Outlaw’ Jemmott died in a road accident.

Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan said whenever an accident occurs at certain spots of the highway, it triggers a visit from the Traffic Management Branch (TMB) to ensure everything is up to standard, safety measures are in place and determine if there is a need for any additional actions. 

“They would have gone in and made some changes to enhance the area, but at the end of the day, everything on the road comes down to personal responsibility. We all have to be a little vigilant on the road. We must understand that road users include pedestrians, cyclists, people operating their vehicles and even people crossing or walking on the road,” Sinanan said.

Sinanan visited the area on Monday and saw the enhancement work taking place along the highway. He said it was the first accident in that area, and there were probably 100,000 cars passing there, but one got into an accident. 

He said the TMB would decrease the entrance to the Guapo roundabout from two lanes to one to make it more clear that drivers should reduce their speed. He said upgrading the road network was ongoing, with a rumble strip installed to slow down motorists and help wake up drivers who may have fallen asleep.

“Remember, at the end of the day, the highways are designed to international standards and international codes, but from time to time, we realise we can go a little further to try to assist drivers.”

Sinanan said the MOWT was partnering with an international financial institution for a road safety audit. It entails using a vehicle equipped with a camera to drive around the country and identify hazards on the road.

He said it was a computerised system that will tell us, “Look, this bend is a little too sharp, or this road needs tapering on this side, things like that, using technology … it is the first time we are actually doing anything like that, probably in the Caribbean.”