Traffic sources in the Defence Force have confirmed there will be no rehearsal of military personnel for a march past as part of ceremonies marking the opening of the Red House in Port of Spain on Thursday.
A rehearsal on Wednesday brought traffic leading to the building and its environs to a standstill, and also slowed the movement of traffic along roads leading into the city as far back as the Beetham Highway and Lady Young arteries.
Snr Supt Glenn Charles of the Port of Spain City Police said several roads will be blocked to facilitate the march past for the formal opening on Friday He urged drivers to enter Port of Spain from the Lady Young Road, to avoid being stuck in traffic then.
"We're going to be using Abercromby Street, Knox Street, Frederick Street and back to Hart Street. Drivers can pass over the Lady Young Road or make sure they get into the city before 10 am on Friday."
During the rehearsal on Wednesday, traffic was heavy entering Port of Spain, as police re-routed drivers onto Duke and Piccadilly Streets out of the parade zone.
Friday's opening will begin at 10.30 am. Traffic will be restricted around the Red House, as there will be a guard of honour that will gather at Sackville Street, move east onto St Vincent Street, then south down St Vincent Street, east onto Hart Street and then finally north onto Abercromby Street.