by: Rishard Khan
After multiple delays that stalled progress on the Chaguanas Traffic Alleviation Project, commuters in the borough may finally get some relief.
This after the Ministry of Works And Transport officially opened the last leg of the first phase on Friday.
The leg opened on Friday was Phase 1B, the Soogrim Trace Roundabout with four connector roads.
This new road system gives motorists an additional entrance and exit into the area, reducing the bottleneck of traffic. It also adds a new road network, giving motorists more options to get around.
One regular commuter, Reshma Hanslal told Guardian Media she was grateful for the new roadway.
“The traffic situation down by Price Plaza ridiculous around that roundabout. You have to go there to go back out on to the highway so I guess it would ease up the traffic a whole lot, hopefully, so commuting would be easier to and from home to work on the peak hours. I appreciate it as a driver on the road.”
Alex Francois, a nearby resident also said he appreciates the project and is satisfied with it.
Programme Director at PURE, Hayden Phillip said: “Traffic congestion experienced by motorists along the Narsaloo Ramaya Marg Road will be reduced. In addition, the exit from the Uriah Buttler Highway (UBH) at the intersection of the Narsaloo Ramaya Marg Road and Soogrim Trace West will be decommissioned leading to an improvement to the level of traffic experienced at a dangerous intersection. It had a lot of accidents taking place there.”
The first phase of the project includes the roundabout built at the main entrance to Price Plaza, the roundabout built near the ANSA McAL compound, and the construction of Soogrim Trace West next to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The entire project contains five phases. Phase two, a roundabout and parallel road near the Endeavour Interchange, begins in the next financial year.
Phase three will be an interchange at Munroe Road, to be built in fiscal 2021. Phase 4 involves an overpass being built at Brentwood. Phase 5 will see another overpass constructed at Soogrim Trace.