National Water Commision to Repair Dug-Up Roads
It may appear that the number of potholes and dug-up roads in the Corporate Area has increased in the last month or so, but rest assured that these are signs of maintenance work by the National Water Commission (NWC).
Enquiries made by The Gleaner about several dug-up roads revealed that the NWC has undertaken emergency repair works along Central Avenue, Holborn Road, Arthur Wint Drive, Windward Road, Gibbs Avenue, Slipe Pen Road and University Crescent, with hopes to have the roads resurfaced soon.
In an email response to The Gleaner, corporate public relations manager at the NWC, Charles Buchanan, said, "The NWC has an extensive pipeline network stretching more than 10,000 kilometres islandwide. Unfortunately, much of this network is very old and breaks frequently, creating significant challenges. At the same time, both the repair costs and the alternative replacement costs are extremely high and can only be done over time.
"In each case that we are forced to cut road surfaces, NWC commits to do its best to effect temporary reinstatement immediately and to thereafter make arrangements for final reinstatement to restore the area that it has cut."
Buchanan also explained that the NWC has made it a point of duty to have roads repaired after maintenance work. This has been done by entering into agreements with private road-repair contractors and a memorandum of agreement for repairs with the National Works Agency.
Repair to the roads is slated to begin this week and will be completed within the next two weeks.
In the meantime, the NWC is urging the public to use the
1-888-CALL-NWC (1-888-225-5692) to report instances of NWC road cuts not being reinstated in a reasonable time and which they think may have been overlooked.