Mounting potholes pressure

Pressure is mounting on Government to repair the increasing number of potholes riddling the island’s roads, and blamed for some vehicular accidents.

The Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) will tomorrow launch an initiative designed to virtually shame the Freundel Stuart administration into action.

BRSA President Sharmane Roland-Bowen told Barbados TODAY the association would begin identifying potholes across the island and place “advanced notification signs” to both alert unsuspecting road users of potholes lying in wait and turn the heat up on Government.

BRSA President Sharmane Roland-Bowen

“This is an effort too, to help put some pressure on the authorities so that they would hurry up and do what needs to be done because they have fallen from their responsibility, which is a duty of care to providing safe roads for road users,” Roland-Bowen said.

“People are wondering what is happening with their taxes that they pay every year and the fines from courts. They are putting them in other areas while people are out there getting into accidents, vehicles are being damaged and lives are being lost. We want to tighten up in all areas – road fatalities [are] down but we want that to be with accidents [as well].”

The road safety organization is pleading with the public to assist by identifying some of the worse potholes in their parishes and send the information to saferoads@caribsurf.com or call 231-0061.

Barbados recorded ten road fatalities in 2016, down significantly from the 22 recorded for 2015. The island usually averages about 7,000 traffic accidents a year.

It was only last month that Roland-Bowen told Barbados TODAY she wanted authorities to move urgently to repair the increasing number of potholes on the country’s roads, warning they had become safety hazards.

Since that plea, a Facebook page Potholes Of Barbados was created by wedding photographer and graphic designer Chris Brancker “to highlight the horrendous craters that frequently cost people hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in vehicle repairs”.

The page has gained in popularity as frustrated and dissatisfied road users utilize it to express their discontent.

Welcoming that initiative, Roland-Bowen said it was about time the heat was turned up on the authorities to do something about the potholes.

20 Responses to Mounting potholes pressure

    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 4, 2017 at 8:08 am

      That’s how you do it properly!

      That’s not how we do it though.

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  1. Queenbag January 4, 2017 at 6:55 am

    What a darn shame.get those big oversize vehicles / trucks out the island. The roads are not wide enough for them. Bajans you don’t live in the USA everything your eyes see you want. Band the ford 450, escalades, Silverado fom the island, this will help you roads

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  2. Queenbag January 4, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Type o…from the island, this will help your roads.

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  3. Lennox hewitt January 4, 2017 at 7:21 am

    There don’t fix roads good just come with tar n grips put in hole job done that is the reason y so much pot holes in road.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine January 4, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      There is a reason for that. According to what I know, the roads are constructed with a shelf life for 5 years. In that way, when it expires towards deterioration, it provides plenty of jobs for COWS people and plenty of money for COW to continue in the lucrative cycle.

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  4. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt January 4, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I see them would come to fix holes b4 clean out mud n stuff out hole just put in tar n grips without cleanning out holes when u cementing u got to clean the spot not it would not hole for 2 long truck moving n them putting tar n holes .

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  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 4, 2017 at 8:51 am

    This present day governing DLP only seem to be able to react to any issue in Barbados after it’s high lighted on social media.These clowns running island beyond garbage but Bajans allowed them over the years to be like that by sitting back and letting them be do nothing politicians which I might add is politicians from both of the two political parties period.

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  6. Tony Webster January 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Well done lady!!! I need a sign here for one on Sargeants’ main road…please mek it say…”.SLOW…tilapia breeding pond ahead”.

    There is onlies’ ONE li’l potential problem…in pushing the Honourable, Relevant Ministers of Cabinet too hard: being evidently brokes…it risks anudder tax….like “Transportation Rejuvenation ans Save-my -Car Levy”

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  7. Peter January 4, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Dennis Kellman exhibited the highest order of ignorance and stupidity in his potholes saving lives Facebook post. The burning truth is Fruendel CANNOT and WILL NOT do anything about not any one of his sitting members. Not Eswick, not Lowe, not either of the two Lashleys, not Innis, not Paul, not Byer-Suckhoo, and not Boyce. All, including he himself, very errant in their professional placement. He’s very ADRAID. Any one of them can single handedly skin out the DEMS. Not even an attempt at reshuffling them. He knows it and they know it. Mark (not Williams nor Maloney), my words. Richard Sealy is air-marked to assume leadership of the DEMs. Fruendel will withdraw and retire from active politics. Richard has a family stronghold within the decision making selectors panel. It will be denied then defended. We shall see.

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  8. jrsmith January 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

    What , (Fruendel Stuart) will withdraw and retire from active politics , come on please when was this guy ever active give us some dates , his presents anywhere made no difference , didn’t think as like most of his government they knew why, they were elected and what they jobs were…………

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  9. Zeus January 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Can someone tell me a year when Barbados was pot hole free… This is a rubbish article some people just love the spotlight…. What does the road safety association really do in Barbados….. We complain about everything under the sun… by the way I read an article where health authorities in the great Australia were cautioning persons not to go to the beach because of feaces pollution due to flooding and bad weather….. I thought it only happen in Barbados

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  10. jrsmith January 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    @, Zeus , hail, hail , the difference in Australia this matter would have been dealt with within 24 hours , in barbados would have taken 24 days to find the stupid politicians to have a look….

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  11. Zeus January 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Mr smith don’t come here with no assumptions …..return with your facts please by the way Is Barbados the only country with stupid politicians

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  12. Zeus January 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Britain had a clown for a PM that followed George Bush into Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction still can’t find them up until an half hour ago

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  13. Jennifer January 4, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Australia can fix the roads fast. They have a lot of old money, and guess where it came from?????

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  14. Jennifer January 4, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Frederick, Wilfred, Alfred, Freddy, Freda, all got in Fred.

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    • Peter January 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      wuh loss Jennifer, if only U before E and N cudda come before da D Man guess de ress… Some body tell me in Antigua the other day that we have a dumb Prime Minister. Iasked why and that Antiguan said he doesn’t talk. Was that Antiguan politician wrong?

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  15. Jennifer January 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    And where Australia old money came from, our politicians putting our money to the supply the same cause.

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  16. Saga Boy January 4, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Some of u just like to complain because of political bias. When I compare the roads to some I have seen in other Caribbean islands and other parts of the world we are not so bad. Just review comments made by citizens in the USA, UK, India,Australia and you will see that there are similar complaints and that governments are having similar challenges. Economies all over the world still under pressure and all some of you doing is criticizing. I bet most of you don’t have the ability to generate one more job in this island to make things better for one of your fellow citizens.

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