Costly waste ... Heavy rains leave recently fixed roads in deplorable state
Heavy rains that have battered Jamaica over the past few days have left several of the island's roads in a deplorable state, many of them impassable. Breakaways, sinks, and major damage are highlighted right across the country, including to several roads that were recently repaired.
In Kingston, a section of North Street, which recently underwent, a lengthy, approximately $35 million pipe-laying project which was then repaved, has begun to sink. Further up, by the 10-year problem-plagued section at St George's College, motorists have to gingerly traverse the area at a snail's pace, this, after numerous 'fixes' over the years.
Over in St Catherine, on Peace Terrace in Sligoville, residents are expressing disgust at the deplorable condition of the road that was supposedly fixed roughly one month ago.
A resident, who gave her name as Monique, complained bitterly that whenever the Bog Walk Gorge becomes inundated, the road is heavily used. However, these days, taxi men and other motorists are forced to drive on the sidewalk, endangering pedestrians, especially the children.
"As dem fix it, by a week after, it start dig up. Di road look disgusting! A bare foolishness dem do. Dem nuh do a good job. When rain fall, di water cya get fi run fluently. Before dem fix the road it never suh bad. Dem fi fix it like how dem do di highway dem because dem fix the highway dem and it nuh look suh when rain fall," she lamented to The Gleaner yesterday.
"Before dem come and fix the road, it neva suh bad. All now it is used frequently because Flat Bridge nuh open yet. If Flat Bridge lock, a yah suh dem drive."
Fellow resident Andrew threatened to have the road blocked if something was not done about it soon.
"The recent rains mek it worse. This mek mi feel like two months from now we affi go block da road yah mek dem find someweh else drive because dem tek di sidewalk tun road yah now. Look! A wheel mark dem deh," he said.
A spokesperson at the St Catherine Municipal Corporation told The Gleaner yesterday that money had been allocated recently for the road to be repaired.
"Yes, through the councillors they received funds. But as you know, Jamaicans never do anything good. I don't know which contractor they used. I can't advise you on that. What I can tell you is that whatever they fixed, they fixed to their best ability based on the funds available. There are several roads in each division to be fixed," the spokesperson said.