Wed, 29 Apr 2020 23:10:22 +0000
Curepe overpass opens to traffic
The Curepe intersection at the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, which featured several traffic lights, has been replaced with the new four-lane overpass which was partially opened to vehicular traffic on Wednesday. Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan, cut the ceremonial ribbon and decommissioned the traffic lights.
The structure, he said, was accessible to traffic for the past six weeks, and minor finishing work is ongoing.
Sinanan, speaking with media on site, said, "If you consider that the bridge would have been completed six weeks ago, and completed in just about a year...in my opinion, that is excellent progression, when you compare it to the other interchanges that took a lot longer than that.”
The sod for the $221 million bridge was turned by the Prime Minister in February last year and was first earmarked for completion last November. The opening was pushed back to January and then to April.
All that is left to complete, Sinanan said, is some paving on the highway, minor drainage and beautification works, which have a two-week deadline.
"We are satisfied that the project was completed within a good enough timeline and, so far, the project is within budget.
He said it was initially budgeted to cost around $480 million in 2012 und