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Letter of the Day | Potholes galore on mid-Clarendon roadways

Published:Tuesday | January 9, 2018 | 6:33 AM


I wonder if any National Works Agency (NWA) representative has taken a drive on the thoroughfare from the Bustamante Highway to Whitney Turn recently. If they have, it is hard to believe they have missed the myriad potholes, craters and ravines that characterise that segment of roadway.

Jamaicans would call these potholes 'bella pots' because they are so huge. In order to avoid busted axles and front ends, motorists have to bob and weave and play Russian roulette with oncoming vehicles. Somebody must have some special interest in selling front-end auto parts. The danger increases tremendously when these chasms are filled with water.

It is hard to believe that this is one of the island's main arterial roads serving the country. I also find it rather interesting when it is predicted (and by what organisation) that more persons are likely to die on the road this year. Maybe they are right, because the rate so far has already exceeded the number of days in the year.


Steel barriers


In addition to the above, there are steel barriers that once formed part of road-safety features, but are now broken and dumped by the side of the road. This is common all over Jamaica. If they did not serve a useful purpose, why spend money to erect them in the first place? They were not for decoration only but, along with lane markings, these things have gone obsolete, it seems. Jamaica is not only good at constructing poor-quality roads, but equally good at maintaining them.

Finally, when the NWA manages to get around repairing potholes, they do the big ones but leave the small ones just beside the craters. Does a stitch in time no longer save nine? Who supervises and passes the job? And if you have to use marl as a temporary fix, why not add a little cement to the damp marl and roll it in until permanent repairs are done?