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Please fix deplorable sections of Negril-Montego Bay leg

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:24 AM


This is an open letter to the NWA:

My recent travels on the Negril-Montego Bay leg of the North Coast Highway brought back beautiful memories of living and attending school in Hanover.

However, the deplorable state of the road in some sections ruined such memories.

The lack of basic road markings (which were once present) and the awful pitchy-patchy and bumpy resurfacing left much to be desired.

While the road has been built for nearly two decades now, I doubt it will survive another decade, based on successive Government’s approach to maintaining basic infrastructure. You build the road, but then do little to no maintenance. After a while, it breaks down (as is the case I’m referring to here) and then you have to build another.

Sounds like the classical case of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results.

I am kindly asking the political representatives and the National Works Agency (NWA) to put a halt to this insanity by taking the necessary, corrective actions to prevent the further decay of the highway.

On some sections, the pavement is already very worn and sinking, thus suggesting it needs to be repaved – and done properly (meaning, levelled and not bumpy).

Please stop trying to build sleeping policemen on the highways (as evidenced near Falmouth) and do the work properly. That’s not too hard of a task to ask.

Finally, the requisite road markings should be standard features on every road in the country, not only highways.

However, let’s start with the highways first and see what happens. I hope to see improvements on my next journey.

A luta continua.