The Programme for Upgrading Roads Efficiency (PURE) Unit is presently upgrading this 40 kilometer stretch of roadway which includes 12km of the Valencia Road, from the Eastern Main Road to Toco Main Road.
For the Valencia Road, works encompass the construction of a two-lane roadway, the construction of three (3) roundabouts/ intersections, the repair of approximately four (4) slope failures, the widening of 8 bridges, the rehabilitation/extension of culverts, the construction/re-establishment of lined and unlined drains and the construction of ancillary works.
The project will also include the extension of this road all the way to Toco. This project, together with construction of a Toco Port, will provide a faster alternative sea route between Tobago and East Trinidad and open up the entire northeast region of Trinidad to new industrial, residential and commercial development. The project also will complement the thrust of the Ministry of Works and Transport regarding its mandate to provide adequate highway capacity and safer travel for the public on the most suitable route/alignment based on sound engineering analysis.
In 2018, the conceptual designs were completed. The preparation of Final Designs and Tender Documents are ongoing and are about 25 % complete. The collection of environmental data for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has commenced. The completion of Final Designs, Tender Documents and Environmental Studies are on-going. As part of the application made to the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) for a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC ) for the construction of the Valencia to Toco Roadway, an Introductory Public Meeting was held on Wednesday 24th July 2019 at the Northeastern Community Centre, Sange Grande and on Thursday 25th July 2019 at the Toco Regional Complex.
BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT
When completed, it will vastly improve access to the entire eastern seaboard of Trinidad, bringing business opportunities, including residential and tourism investments and prosperity to the communities of Valencia, Sangre Grande, Matura, Salybia, Rampanalgas, Cumana, San Souci, Toco, Grande Riviere and Matelot. This project is being advanced in phases with completion carded for 2021.