Media Release – Highway Beautification Project
The Honourable Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan, visited the first site of the Highway Beautification Project on Friday 14, March, 2014. The project, where various shrubs and greenery are being planted along the highway, began on March 10,2014 and is being spearheaded jointly by the Highway’s Division and the Environmental Health and Safety Unit of the Ministry.
Minister Rambachan, accompanied by the Director of the Environmental Health and Safety Unit, Mr. Doolar Ramlal, walked along the median of the Uriah Butler Highway, in the vicinity of Chaguanas, inspecting the project. He noted his pleasure with the progress of the works. He also highlighted that research proves that by improving the aesthetic of roadways, drivers are calmer thus making their commute safer. Road users will have already started to see the plants gracing the median.
The Highway Beautification Project will be executed in three phases; planting along the concrete median, planting along the grassy median and finally, planting along the shoulders of the highway. At a cost of approximately $900.000.00, 7.2 km of the Uriah Butler Highway will be enhanced in this first phase. A total of 720 plants inclusive of Weedelia, Rhoeo and Bougainvillea will be placed along the Highway.
The maintenance of the plants will be done by the Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP). This is a fulfillment of the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between MOWI and CEPEP, whereby CEPEP is now responsible for the maintenance of the nation’s major highways and bridge verges.