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Letter of the Day | We need better roads, not man-made disasters

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:07 AM


Approximately three weeks ago, one of the better roads in the Corporate Area, Upper Waterloo Road, was dug up to facilitate a pipe-laying exercise (not sure if it’s water or sewage) for the large apartments being constructed in the area. While traversing the roads, I pointed out to the workmen that the packing of the open trenches with wet marl followed by the paving was not good workmanship because as soon as we experienced rainfall the road would be riddled with potholes After the work was completed, it was like a hill and gully ride due to the poor quality of the work that was done.

Now fast-forward three weeks later and the entire repaired surface is a disaster waiting to happen.

My questions to the National Water Commission (NWC) and the National Works Agency (NWA):

1. Are taxpayers expected to pay for this stretch of road in the repair bill after the rains subside?

2. Do these entities operate with quality control before payments are made to contractors?

3. Do we no longer have experienced contractors to do these repairs?

I have also noticed that Garden Boulevard in Mona Heights is suffering the same fate, as well as many other roads where as soon as they are repaired, they turn into huge craters, shocking motorists when our vehicles encounter these man-made disasters.

Please, NWC and NWA, get your acts together and ensure that we return to the old days when roads were repaired with the correct materials. Provide some relief for us the overburdened taxpayers who continue to pay and repay for sloppy and shoddy workmanship – not to mention the damage to our motor vehicles.