About the Highways Division
The Highways Division of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure provides physical infrastructure necessary for the safe and efficient land movement of people, goods and services. The Division has consistently undertaken the planning, design, construction, preservation, maintenance and repairs of national bridges and road network in keeping with its mandate.
The Highways Division provides the physical infrastructure necessary for the safe and efficient land movement of people, goods and services. The Division has consistently undertaken the planning, design, construction, preservation, maintenance and repairs of national bridges and road network in keeping with its mandate.
Responsibilities of Highways Division
The Highways Division is currently responsible for 2,050 kilometres of the 9,592 kilometres (or 21%) of roads throughout Trinidad. This is commonly referred to as the ‘Highways Division road network’. The Division also has responsibility for 1,200 bridges and 2,500 culverts which populate the portion of the road network under its purview.
The Highways Division is responsible for:
Major Units in the Highways Division
- Maintenance of the road network
- Roads and bridges planning
- Road and bridges designs
- Roads and bridges construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation
- Landslips repairs
- Production of asphaltic hot mix and concrete
- Pre-testing of materials used for road works
- Management and control of traffic on the road network
- Highways beautification
The Core Units of the Highways Division are:
- Roads Construction Branch
- Road Surfacing Plant, Agua Santa
- Soils Laboratory
- Bridges Branch
- Roads Planning Branch
- Highways Beautification Unit
- Traffic Management Branch
APPLICATION FORMS FOR ROAD WORKS
With respect to agencies/persons wishing to do any type of excavation works on roads that fall under the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure (MOWI), please note that official permits must first be obtained from the Ministry before commencing such projects.
Please see and download the relevant forms listed below:
HIGHWAYS INFORMATION SYSTEM (HIS)
All developments, whether residential, commercial, industrial, educational and agricultural, in one way or another, depend on the highway network for both easy access and mobility of people, goods and services. However, the decisions required to plan and manage a safe and efficient highway network are linked intimately to highway information, which may not be current, accurate, easily available and accessible. To address this situation, it is proposed that a Highways Information System (HIS) be designed and implemented in Trinidad. As such, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, through the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure (MOWI), is desirous of developing a Highways Information System, to assist in the planning, design, construction, management and preservation of the highway network.
A Highway Information System usually consists of a number of individual modules, often operated independently of one another. These modules include, but are not limited to, highway network planning, road inventory, roadside development, road property management, quality control, pavement management, maintenance management, bridge management, traffic data and systems management (traffic operations management for traffic corridor analysis, highway construction-oriented rerouting, hazardous materials routing, incident management, and safety elements management), traffic sign and road marking data, environmental management, roadside safety devices, and accident data. Because of lack of harmonization of data use and application, data is seldom collected in a format useful to others. However, if the data is integrated correctly by using a suitable referencing system, for example a Geographic Information System, it can be put to maximum use for transportation, as well as for many other purposes.
The major requirements and issues surrounding GIS management technology as it applies to a Highway Information System are building and maintaining a database, selecting and upgrading hardware and software, using the technology to solve problems, funding, networking, providing access, and others.
The development of this Highways Information System is to be financed by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The Highway Information System project would entail the development and implementation of all the required modules, which may include but are not limited to:
• Executive Information Management;
• Road Inventory (location, terrain, alignment, pavement details, utility location);
• Asset Management (pavement management, maintenance management, rehabilitation measures etc.);
• Road Planning (proposed road reserves, land use, land developments, property value, analysis, simulation);
• Construction management;
• Roadside Development (encroachments, abutting structures, land use, ribbon development);
• Road Property Management (access points, road reserves, structures in road reserve, utility services);
• Bridge Inventory and Management (location, type, span, design elements, geometrics, hydrology and hydraulics, condition, maintenance, improvement);
• Traffic Data (location of traffic counters, volume, growth rate, modes, speed limits etc.);
• Traffic Safety/Accident Information (black spots, analysis of accidents, safety measures, historical data, hazardous cargo routing);
• Transportation System Management including Intelligent Transportation Systems;
• Health, Safety and Environment (EIA, CEC, mitigation measures, legislation, vehicle emissions, management systems);
• Document Management (road plans, bridge plans, feasibility studies, contract documents, project reports, progress reports);
and, just as important, an appropriate system (GIS) to integrate, analyse and display information from the various modules.
The Consultant will be required to review studies, systems and plans relevant to Highway Information Systems that exist internationally and locally, including those within the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, and make appropriate recommendations that satisfy international standards and best practices.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The objectives of the assignment are to:
- Prepare the technical and functional specifications and system architecture for the HIS, including preparation of tender documents, based on highway information practices and needs;
- Review and comment on: tenderer/vendor qualification criteria; technical evaluation criteria and (if appropriate) a technical scoring scheme; post qualification measures; requirements for application software development and other matters of intellectual property rights;
- Submission of other deliverables
- Conduct briefings and presentations to stakeholders and decision-takers, as required and appropriate.
Proposal for Development: Highways Information System (HIS)
Further information on the development of the HIS can be obtained from:
Mr. Michael McKenzie
Chief Planning Engineer (Roads)
(868) 625-3723; firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridges, Landslips, Traffic Management
The Ministry of Works and Infrastructure (MOWI) in partnership with the National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) has embarked upon a five-year landslip repair programme to rehabilitate 486 landslips on the major road networks across the country. Phase I of the programme commenced in fiscal 2012 with the award of five consultancy contracts to address 33 landslips identified as being in most urgent need of repair.This programme is being executed concurrently with two other complementary programmes:
- The Bridges Reconstruction Programme
- The Traffic Management Programme
The need for the successful management and execution of these inter-linked programmes has given birth to the Bridges, Landslips and Traffic Management (BLT) Programme Implementation Unit which is tasked with providing the overall strategic direction for the three programmes and coordinating the achievement of each aspect's defined objectives.
A September 2010 survey of the bridges on the Highways Division road network revealed that a number of these structures are in advanced stages of dilapidation. The need for safe and reliable bridge infrastructure has also been underscored by recent events which threaten the lives of citizens and the isolation of some communities from access to basic services. The Bridges Reconstruction Programme will provide for the reconstruction and improvement of approximately 62 bridges throughout Trinidad. The Programme will be executed in a number of phases, Phase I of which is currently in progress and consists of the design and reconstruction of 26 structures.
(As mentioned at the outset) Based on an assessment conducted in October 2010 of new and existing landslips on the Highways Division road network, a Landslip Repair Programme was developed to rehabilitate approximately 486 landslips. Phase I of the Programme commenced in fiscal 2012 with the award of five (5) Consultancy contracts for the design of 33 landslips identified as being most urgently in need of repair.
Landslip Rehabilitation Programme (LRP) Map - Phase I
Photos of the 33 Phase I Landslips
The Traffic Management Programme will address the need for modern, reliable traffic management infrastructure through the installation of pavement markers, road markings, traffic signs and signals. During the first phase, thirty (30) heavily trafficked routes have been identified for improvement and designs are currently being undertaken with construction scheduled for the first quarter of the new fiscal year.
For further information on the BLT Programme Implementation Unit contact:
Mr. Mahadeo Jagdeo
(868) 625-6390; email@example.com
Ms. Kimberley Mollineau
(868) 627-8099; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Roger Ramlogan
(868) 625-5219; email@example.com
Ms. Srisati Seeram
(868) 623-4382; firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the Highways Division
The Director, Highways Division
Ministry of Works and Infrastructure
Level 2, Main Administration Building
Corner Richmond and London Streets
Phone/Fax #: 625-1981