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Published: 
Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Traffic jam in the vicinity of East Port-of-Spain heading east.

SHARLENE RAMPERSAD

The Priority Bus Route (PBR) has been partially opened after hours of heavy traffic in and out of Port-of-Spain along the highway and Eastern Main Road this morning as the Ministry of Works continues work on the new Sea Lots walkover.

According to a release from the ministry, the PBR was opened between the intersections of Abbatoir Road in Port-of-Spain and the Mt Hope intersection.

However, only “light” motor vehicles will be allowed to use the PBR at this time.

Earlier this week, the ministry announced that the Beetham High­way, be­tween Barataria and the Port-of-Spain Light­house on Wright­son Road, would be closed from 9 pm on Friday to 6 pm on Sunday.

Dozens of motorists took to social media to vent their frustration over the pile-up, with one driver saying a trip that usually takes her five minutes to complete by car, had taken 45 minutes due to the traffic.

Photos showing long lines of traffic along the Lady Young Road were also posted.

Those caught in the deadlock have this advice: “Stay out of town.”

Alternative routes

If you do have to go into or out of Port-of-Spain, here is a reminder of alternative routes to be used during this period: • East­bound Traf­fic—Please turn left on­to Broad­way; as no ac­cess would be al­lowed to pass the Light­house. The west­bound lanes of the Beetham High­way will be con­vert­ed to two-way traf­fic be­tween the Light­house and Pi­o­neer Dri­ve to fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess/egress for lo­cal traf­fic on­ly.

• Beetham—There will be no ac­cess per­mit­ted along the west­bound lanes of the Beetham High­way be­yond the Barataria Over­pass. On­ly lo­cal traf­fic ac­cess­ing De­vel­op­ment Dri­ve will be per­mit­ted. Al­ter­na­tive ac­cess in­to Port-of-Spain and en­vi­rons would be al­lowed via the use of the Barataria Over­pass where­by mo­torists can utilise the Pri­or­i­ty Bus Route, the East­ern Main Road or the La­dy Young Road, Mor­vant.

• Beetham—Lo­cal traf­fic will be per­mit­ted to ac­cess De­vel­op­ment Dri­ve from the west­bound lanes of the Beetham High­way. Lo­cal traf­fic head­ing east­bound from De­vel­op­ment Dri­ve would be al­lowed to pro­ceed east along the east­bound lanes of the Beetham High­way. No ac­cess to the Beetham High­way will be per­mit­ted from Abat­toir Road and Pro­duc­tion Dri­ve.

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