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Ministry of Works & Transport

Opening of Anthony Branch Trace

On Monday night March 11, 2013, residents of Anthony Branch Trace Penal, enjoyed the privilege of having their road officially opened by the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who, as Representative for Siparia, also serves as Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.

Mr. Isaac James, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure (MOWI), served as Emcee for the Opening Ceremony, which featured addresses from Senator the Honourable Emmanuel George, Minister of Works and Infrastructure, and the Honourable Stacy Roopnarine, Minister in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure. The feature address was delivered by the Honourable Prime Minister. Government Ministers in attendance at the ceremony were Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Ganga Singh and Minister of Local Government, the Honourable Surujrattan Rambachan.

The Prime Minister, in addressing the gathering, commented that the ceremony bore extra meaning to her, in that the site was not too far from her own private residence and she even noted some familiar faces in attendance. She reminded the audience that Anthony Branch Trace was just one of a network of roads which the MOWI had rehabilitated and upgraded within the area, under the Ministry’s PURE (Programme for Upgrading Roads Efficiency) Unit and that, in total, there were 177 infrastructural projects for the undertaking throughout the area by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.  This she indicated was part of a larger plan to address the infrastructural neglect in rural communities.

Minister George, in his address, stated that the MOWI had works earmarked for undertaking in all 39 constituencies across Trinidad at a cost of approximately $300M. He, however, reminded that all such works could not be carried out at the same time and pleaded for public patience and understanding in the Ministry’s undertaking of such an extent of projects.

Minister Roopnarine in her remarks stated that on traveling through the area, she observed that much of the roads were now paved and she lamented the previous underdevelopment that much of south and rural parts of the country had endured for many years.

The Anthony Branch Trace is a major connector roadway that connects the S.S. Erin and Penal-Quinam Roads and although in existence for many years, had never been paved. In its newly upgraded condition, now appropriately engineered and paved, it is expected to remove much of the traffic off of the highly traversed S.S. and Penal-Quinam Roads and lead to a freer and more effective flow of traffic through the area.

The expenditure of the works carried out on the Anthony Branch Trace amounted to a cost of $3.35 million and took five (5) months to complete.

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