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Berrydale, Portland residents fear road collapse

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 10:57 AMGareth Davis

Residents at Berrydale in Portland are expressing fear that the continuous use of trucks and other heavy-duty equipment by sand mining operators to transfer aggregate from the Rio Grande, could compromise the integrity of the roadway.

The mounting complaints from residents come less than a month after government minister Daryl Vaz met with a team from the National Works Agency (NWA) and the police during a visit to Berrydale.

During those talks the parties reportedly agreed to implement a weight restriction for trucks and other heavy-duty equipment along that thoroughfare.

However, since then there have been frequent complaints from residence about trucks loaded with sand and gravel traversing the roadway, which is riddled with cracks.

One resident, Carey Gordon, expressed concern the roadway could collapse, disrupting rafting and marooning residents.

Member of Parliament, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, has also expressed disappointment with mining operators, who continue to ignore the weight restriction set by the NWA.

He says it’s a clear breech and disregard for law and order.

Yesterday, Vaz said he would again be meeting with the police and the NWA to ensure that the weight restrictions are enforced.

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