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Open manholes and poorly marked medians

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2015 | 7:00 AM

For over a year, there has been an open manhole on the sidewalk on the corner of Worthington Avenue and Worthington Terrace, which is like a trap waiting on a victim.

This lurking danger has been pointed out to the member of parliament, the councillor and the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, but nothing has been done to correct the dangerous condition.

To be fair, the original cover for this manhole was claimed by scrap-metal crooks some time ago, but it has been long enough. If metal covers are being stolen, dealers must be able to identify these objects and not purchase them.

But who inspects these objects before they are bought? Also, why can't concrete covers be used as replacements in some areas?

Many traffic medians are poorly marked, or fading, posing great danger to the public, including drivers and passengers, especially at night. Hope and Old Hope roads are typical examples, but this also exists elsewhere. Quite often, motorists crash into them, sometimes with fatal results. Too many persons die on the roads each year and many deaths could be prevented with a few cans of paint.

TREVOR SAMUELS

tasamuels@cwjamaica.com