The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is expressing concern over what it calls the alarming increase in road deaths involving pedestrians for the year thus far.
The Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch Records and Statistics Unit, reports that nine (9) of the fourteen (14) road deaths for 2018, comprise pedestrians, accounting for 64% of total road fatalities for the year, compared to 21% or three (3) fatalities, for the corresponding period in 2017.
The TTPS is urging all road users to exercise extreme care when using the roadways.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has announced that the Kick em’ Jenny (KeJ) Volcano has now been elevated to an Orange Alert Level.
KeJ is one of the most active volcanoes in the Eastern Caribbean and as such the University of the West Indies – Seismic Research Centre (UWI SRC) instruments may record increased earthquake activity beneath the volcano during sustained periods.
Overnight, during March 11-12 2018, a substantial increase in earthquake activity associated with the volcano was recorded.
The Port Authority says that in the interest of public safety, it has decided to temporarily suspend the operations of the passenger ferries until all outstanding works are completed.
The T&T Express has been the lone passenger vessel in service and has been making the crossing in approximately 4 hrs and is over-due for its statutory maintenance programme.
The T&T Spirit was expected to resume the service on March 13 however, there are still some outstanding works to be addressed, and is now expected to resume operations on or by March 22, 2018.
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Kavish says an accident on the Beetham has been responsible for traffic back-up from around 12:20pm.
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The Port Authority says repairs to the T&T Express have been completed, and the vessel will resume its sailings as follows:
Thursday 8th March - 2 pm
Friday 9th March - 2 pm
Friday 9th March - 6.30 am
However, the Port Authority says the T&T Spirit is continuing its maintenance programme and is expected to resume operations by March 13th.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in North, Central and South Trinidad served by the Caroni Water Treatment Plant, who are currently experiencing low water pressures or in some cases no water that, this is due to reduced production at the plant, caused by flooding at the facility following torrential rainfall on Sunday.
WASA says it is currently engaged in carrying out remedial works, which are scheduled to be completed by 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday March 6, 2018.
Among the affected areas are:
The Ministry of Works and Transport says the Lady Young Road, Morvant will be temporarily closed tomorrow from 9 am to 3 pm, and again from 7 pm Tuesday to 5 am on Wednesday 7th March, 2018, for further slope stabilization works.
The road was reopened this morning to vehicular traffic after being closed over the weekend.
The road was cut off by a landslide last Thursday and the ministry has been working to ensure that there are no further land slips since then.
The Ministry of Works and Transport says now that slope stabilization works on the Lady Young Road, Morvant has ended, the partial opening of the Priority Bus Route (PBR) for light motor vehicles from Abattoir Road, Port of Spain to Morvant Junction also ended on Monday 5th March, 2018 at 11:30 am.
The Ministry is advising commuters that the Lady Young Road is now accessible to vehicular traffic.
Parts of the PBR were opened last Thursday and throughout the weekend, to ease traffic caused by the landslide.
Motorists can officially return to the Lady Young Road route today, as the green light has been given for its reopening by the Ministry of Works and Transport.
The major roadway, which crosses the foothills of the Northern Range, became impassable last week after two landslides made impassable and dangerous to traverse. The road was officially closed off to vehicular traffic as work crew cleared away debris and ensured it was safe before giving the all clear for vehicles to return.
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