Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Senator the Honourable Emmanuel George
July 19, 2012:
The Diego Martin Highway will be extended and a vehicular overpass will be constructed within the next three years in order to curb traffic and strengthen connectivity in the area.
Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Emmanuel George made the announcement earlier today at the post Cabinet media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s.
The Minister the Diego Martin Highway will be extended from the Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard to the Diego Martin Main Road, while the vehicular overpass will cross the highway from Powder Magazine.
“The existing highway stops at the Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard. It will now extend further north. This is to solve existing traffic congestion in the area and to improve connectivity,” George said.
He explained that it has been observed that the population in Diego Martin and environs has been expanding, and this will facilitate the additional traffic for the next 20 years.
George said the extended highway should be completed in the within two year’s time at a cost of $49 million, while the overpass should be completed within three years at the cost of $42 million.
“This is all part of Government’s ongoing highway review in the country. There are other projects in San Fernando, Debe, Fyzabad, heading towards Point Fortin. This is important to the social and economic development which would encourage business and reduce travel time,” George explained.