The route of the proposed San Fernando to Point Fortin highway was disclosed in October. According to NIDCO, the proposed highway will be comprised of 6 segments:1) Golconda (end of current highway) to Debe
2) Debe to San Francique
3) San Francique to Siparia Road
4) Siparia Road to Delhi Road (Fyzabad)
5) Delhi Road to SMR at Vance River
6) SMR at Vance River to Dunlop Roundabout (Point Fortin).
From an environmental standpoint, the proposed route is acceptable.
The proposed route of the highway avoids the major areas of environmental concern, including the Morne L’Enfer Reserve, Rousillac Swamp, Godineau Swamp and the South Oropouche Lagoon (the proposed route will cross a very small area of the lagoon at its south-eastern boundary, but this area is not ecologically significant).
One of the initial proposals (Alignment 3) would have taken the highway through the center of the South Oropouche Lagoon, thereby avoiding residential areas. This proposal was rejected because of a greater possibility of unforeseen costs and because of complications with respect to utility installations in the area. Needless to say, this route would have had a severe impact on the wetland. But given the opposition from residents that the proposed (environmentally safe) route has received, a reconsideration of Alignment 3 may not be out of the question entirely.
Update: 01 July 2012
I have overlaid the route of the highway on a capture from Google Maps in an attempt to get a better idea of the impact that it will have on both the South Oropouche Lagoon and the Morne L’Enfer Reserve.
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