South District residents cry out for dust after recent road collapse
Residents of South District are crying out over the inconvenience the dust coming from ongoing road works is causing them.
Just over two weeks ago, a section of the road leading into the sub-urban St George community collapsed due to heavy rainfall.
However, today when a Barbados TODAY team visited the area for a progress report on the road repairs, residents complained that the construction work being carried out by the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW) was not only “messing up inside the house, but it is also causing a health problem”.
Resident Mark Crichlow reported that he had already contacted top officials at the ministry and voiced his concerns, while suggesting that MTW crews should wet the area before and after work daily.
As he took a team from this newspaper on a tour of the downstairs of his two-storey house where dust was mounting on the floor, furniture and windows, Crichlow said he was especially concerned about the well being of members of his household, including his two-year old child who he said was currently at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital fighting a fever.
“We don’t mind them repairing the road but when they finish working on afternoon it would really take some wetting of the area to keep down the dust. The dust affecting me real bad so on evenings when I come home I got to wet it and before I go long [to work] on mornings I try to wet it.
“I got a young baby in here and I have to try to keep down the dust. Look at the baby clothes on the line there that I got to go and wash over,” he said.
Meanwhile, another vocal resident, who did not give his name, added: “Them just coming and working. Nobody ain’t wetting the road but safety comes first, even for the workers and not only the residents.
“Right now work slow down because it is Christmas but when it pick back up after Christmas they have to wet the road because inhaling all of this dust ain’t good for the residents health,” the concerned man said.
Other residents voiced concern that the road works would not be completed in time for Christmas.