New bridge not affected by incident on Curepe Interchange site—NIDCO

As works continue on the Curepe Interchange, one driver is said to have ignored the height restrictions while approaching the work site.

Reports indicate that the driver of the truck ignored the height restriction, even after being told that he could not continue beyond a particular point at Valsayn before the Interchange.

Reports are that the truck driver attempted to manoeuvre the truck beneath the temporary height restriction barrier and the barrier collapsed after the truck came into contact with it, while another approaching vehicle was hit by the falling barrier.

Traffic disruption today again, at Curepe Interchange

The temporary traffic disruption on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway’s eastbound and westbound lanes near the Curepe Interchange continues today…

An official release from NIDCO and the Works and Transport Ministry indicates that the disruption will remain in effect until 9 tonight.

This disruption is to facilitate the transportation and delivery of steel girders from the Chaguaramas Port to the Curepe Intersection, in order to continue construction works on the Bridge Flyover for the Curepe Interchange Project.

Sinanan: More fraud to be found as Licensing Division is modernised

Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, has revealed that at least 16 people may have been caught in the web of an ongoing police probe, into possible fraud at the Licensing Office.

The minister says the three year project to modernise and computerise the day-to-day operations at Licensing, has made it impossible for irregularities to remain hidden.

He confirms that they have been cooperating with police, and he expects that as the initiative continues, more illegal behaviour will be uncovered.

NIDCO goes ahead with ferry lease

The Na­tion­al In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Com­pa­ny (NID­CO) has no is­sue in sign­ing a one-year lease for the Jean de la Valette with Vir­tu Fer­ries, whose man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Fran­cis Portel­li, of par­ent com­pa­ny Vit­ru Hold­ings, has been in­volved in a huge oil scan­dal in Mal­ta and has al­le­ga­tions of mon­ey laun­der­ing and bribery still hang­ing over his head.

NIDCO boss - Curepe Interchange by November

The Curepe In­ter­change is ex­pect­ed to be com­plet­ed by No­vem­ber of this year.

This was an­nounced by NID­CO chair­man Hu­bert George dur­ing the sod turn­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the in­ter­change on Wednes­day morn­ing.

The in­ter­change is ex­pect­ed to cost $221 mil­lion, a fig­ure that both Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley and Min­is­ter of Works and Trans­port Ro­han Sinanan said was sig­nif­i­cant­ly low­er than the $513 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion grant­ed to the project un­der the pre­vi­ous Peo­ple's Part­ner­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion.

OAS workers picket Works Ministry for outstanding money

Workers attached to Brazilian construction firm OAS Construtora are again pleading for monies which they say are owed to them.

The workers and sub-contractors picketed the Ministry of Works this morning calling on the government to intervene. 

They say workers are being lied to regarding their outstanding wages. Safety officer, Jameel Thomas says they are being bounced back and forth between NIDCO and OAS.