PM commits to bringing secondary roads to an acceptable standard; apologised for current state

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PM commits to bringing secondary roads to an acceptable standard; apologised for current state

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has apologised to citizens for the poor state of the nation’s roadways.

During “Conversations with Dr Rowley” which was held at the Palo Seco Government Primary School last night as part of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Local Government Elections campaign, Rowley said it falls to him to apologise for the state of many of the roads.

Rowley said this country’s road network deteriorated because of an almost 30 per cent loss of revenue in 2015 which was compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“It was a sudden and dramatic and significant loss of revenue, so the first priority was not to maintain a road paving programme,” he said.

“Not that we deliberately didn’t maintain the roads but on the list of priorities–we maintained the main arteries through the Ministry of Works, hundreds of millions of dollars–but the secondary road programme suffered. That I have to admit, that I have to apologise for, and that is the reason for it,” he continued.  

The Prime Minister also assured that the Government has re-engaged in a secondary road programme to address these concerns.  

“2015 to 2022 were about the most difficult period in the history of Independent Trinidad and Tobago and if out of that comes some roads that are substandard, as they are, we have hope, we have faith, we have a commitment that we are going to get to your road and we’re going to bring them to a standard that will be acceptable,” he said.