The partial opening of the elevated stretch at Mosquito Creek is phase five of a 12-phase plan which will see the completion of the San Fernando to Point Fortin highway.
During the opening ceremony, Works Minister Rohan Sinanan said the highway cost TT $280 million and is expected to be completed by the third quarter of next year. The Minister admitted that phase five is the most challenging package since the water and resulting high tide would have overflowed onto the roadway. This, he said, has been a problem since the 1950’s. But, now with the elevated route, motorists should be able to use the roadway without saltwater from the Creek affecting their cars.
Sinanan confirmed that the construction of the highway has been completed up to code, even as some citizens questioned the quality of the work. To this he said, “ACOM is the consultant who has to ensure that contractors do what they have to do and comply with international standards.”
The National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) is the project manager for the construction of the highway.