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Ministry of Works & Transport

Highways Division

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About the Highways Division

The Highways Division of the Ministry of Works and Transport 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.

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's responsibilities

  • 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

Administrative Districts

The Highways Division has eight Districts and District Offices responsible for carrying out its operations across the country.  For Tobago, road infrastructure works are carried out by the Tobago House of Assembly's (THA's) Division of Infrastructure and Public Utilities. Find them at

Contact Information 


St. Yves Street, Chaguanas

Tel. (868) 665-8055

District Engineer: Francis Jaggernath


41KM Naparima Mayaro Road

Tel. (868) 644-2951/

District Engineer: Saheed Shah

St. Andrew /St. David

Eastern Main Road, Guaico

Tel. (868) 668-2686/7797

District Engineer: Dereck Bosland

St. George East

O'Meara Road, Arima

Tel. (868) 667-3549

District Engineer: Dereck Bosland

St. George West 

El Socorro Road, San Juan

Tel. (868) 675-3919

District Engineer: Francis Jaggernath

St. Patrick

High Street, Siparia

Tel. (868) 649-0076/9062/2441

District Engineer: Ramnarine Ramsaran

Victoria East

Matilda Junction, Princes Town

Tel. (868) 655-3433/6778

District Engineer: Saheed Shah

Victoria West

77-81 Independence Ave. (Cor. of Rushworth Street), San Fernando

Tel. (868) 657-7058/7019

District Engineer: Ramnarine Ramsaran

The above 'bow-tie' along the Western Main Road (opposite Powder Magazine) was permanently closed to traffic as part of the Diego Martin Highway Expansion Project

Application Forms for Road Works
Agencies or persons wishing to do any type of excavation works on roads that fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Works and Transport must first apply for an official permit to do such. Permission must first be obtained from the Highways Division 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.

Project Description:

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.)

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 Transport, and make appropriate recommendations that satisfy international standards and best practices.

Objectives of Assignment

  • 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:
Chief Planning Engineer (Roads)
(868) 625-3723



The Ministry of Works and Transport 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.


Rehabilitated Coblentz Bridge, Coblentz Avenue, St. Ann's

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.

For more information on BLT click here: The BLT Bridges Reconstruction Programme (BRP)


Fun Facts!


A Landslip Repair Programme (LRP) was developed to rehabilitate approximately 486 landslips across the country. Phase I of the programme began in 2012, with the award of five (5) consultancy contracts for the design of thirty-three (33) landslips identified as being most urgently in need of repair.

Landslip Repair at Bonne Aventure Road (Before)

Landslip repair at Bonne Aventure Road (After)

See more on the LRP here: Landslip Rehabilitation Programme (LRP) Map - Phase I

View photos of the LRP here:  Photos of the 33 Phase I Landslips


Traffic Management

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:
Tel: (868) 623-7129 / 7729

Contact the Highways Division:

The Director
Highways Division
Ministry of Works and Transport
Level 2, Administration Building
Corner Richmond and London Streets
Port of Spain
Phone: 625-1225

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