Patchwork

Road users fed up with the many potholes on the country’s roads could begin to see an improvement from as early as next week.

According to Minister of Transport & Works Michael Lashley private contractors hired to repair potholes, like this one at Friendship Terrace, St Michael, are expected to resume work on Monday.

Minister of Transport & Works Michael Lashley has told Barbados TODAY private contractors hired to repair the potholes are expected to resume work on Monday following a break for Christmas.

Michael Lashley

“We would do what we have to do,” Lashley said in response to the growing complaints by motorists and pedestrians about the holes, some of which are being blamed for accidents and damage to vehicles.

Lashley was adamant that Government had been taking significant steps to address the problem, stating that “we’ve patched a number of potholes between November and December.

“We are starting back out on Monday back on the potholes.”   

The minister blamed a number of factors for the expanding potholes, including consistent rainfall.

Asked by Barbados TODAY about the effectiveness of asphalt used to repair the roads, he said Government was taking a second look and was considering concrete as an alternative.

“I recognized that from years ago and we have a plan in place. We are not going to use asphalt, we are looking now to utilize concrete in some of these holes.

“The experts said it can be done and concrete is very cheap right now,” he said.

The Ministry of Transport & Works (MTW) has earlier said it was pursuing “an aggressive asphalt reinforcement programme” to address the pothole problem.

The MTW said in a statement that not only was it patching the potholes, but it had also begun to reconstruct some of the existing roads through a “mill and pave programme” financed through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank.

“In addition to the pothole patching programme which is ongoing, the ministry has embarked on an island-wide road upgrade programme which will see a number of roads in all 11 parishes being paved,” the statement said.

MTW Public Relations Officer Avonda Scott told Barbados TODAY work had already begun at Whitepark Road, St Michael; Thorpe’s, St James and Ocean City in St Philip.

Scott revealed that other roads earmarked for repair include the section of Highway 5 from Brighton to Lower Greys; Market Hill to Locust Hall, Middleton to Workman’s, Boarded Hall Tenantry Numbers 1 and 2 and Jordan’s Road from Workman’s Primary School to Walker’s in St George; Rise N Sun from Newton to Searles Roundabout, Callenders to Thornbury Hill, St Patrick’s Roundabout to Charnocks, Enterprise Road from Oistins to Chancery Lane in Christ Church; Gills Terrace, Gooding Alley and Farm Road in St Peter;  Well Road to St Clement’s and Josey Hill to Rock Hall in St Lucy; Vaucluse Main Road and Shop Hill to Content in St Thomas;  Gall Hill Numbers 1 and 2 and Stewart Hill off Massiah Street in St John;  Babylon in St. Andrew and Sugar Hill and Lammings in St Joseph.

Meanwhile Scott reiterated that motorist whose vehicles sustain damage due to the potholes could seek compensation.

“All they have to do is put in a claim to the ministry – write a letter addressed to the Permanent Secretary.”

The letter, she said, should include information on when and where the damage occurred, along with a valid driver’s license, insurance and road tax.

Only after an investigation is carried out by the MTW will compensation be paid, Scott warned.

However, she said claims would be settled quickly.

18 Responses to Patchwork

  1. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata January 4, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Horse mout wuk fuh wuk lashley busy wuk fuh wuking instead

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  2. Crystal Merritt
    Crystal Merritt January 4, 2017 at 2:43 am

    While wunna at it fix the road between Gibbons and Parish Land in Ch Ch (by the hill). The road from Pilgrim road Gas station to the back of the airport runway too. Thanks

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  3. 3rdsun January 4, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Elections coming up. nuff said

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  4. Mac January 4, 2017 at 3:29 am

    “I recognized that from years ago and we have a plan in place. We are not going to use asphalt, we are looking now to utilize concrete in some of these holes.

    How many years will it take for this plan to be put in place.?

    Remember the plan the David Thompson said Erroll Barrow had left for St.John that was to be release shortly.

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  5. Julien Bassman Caddle
    Julien Bassman Caddle January 4, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Patching…..How though !!!
    Dropping loose marl…That washes out when de rain falls…Or pushed out the more vehicles pass over it DEFINITELY is NOT patching !!!!!!

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    • Nikki Bayley
      Nikki Bayley January 4, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Exactly….they are not being patched correctly. The patches are just as bumpy as the rest of the road.

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  6. Aneta January 4, 2017 at 7:06 am

    We have brilliant minds in Barbados. Can someone try to advise this useless government that that method they are using to correct the potholes is not working! It is costing the country tax payers more! Correcting with marl is dumb. When we have heavy rains we back to square one. I try dodging a big hole and ended up in a crater. My car want shocks. So, please help me advise the government brilliant Minds in bim. This is no joke. This is a serious plea.

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  7. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis January 4, 2017 at 7:40 am

    The first pot holes that needs to be fix are the ones in the brains in the heads of all the DLP ministers

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  8. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 4, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Election campaign in full swing and Bajans got very short memories so let de games begin.Water gine be flowing all over island garbage will disappear and sewerage leaks will be over among other issues in the next 13 months.

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  9. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield January 4, 2017 at 9:14 am

    With the rains still falling one hole will be patched 40 times

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  10. Peter January 4, 2017 at 9:26 am

    If we are to go by how the elected untouchable idiot from St. Lucy speaks, Those what we call potholes are really lakefront residential development plans in the works for the Minister of Housing. Infrastructure such as sewerage, water, electricity and natural gas lines are being worked on. The company that built those matchboxes at Coverley will design and build the mansions. The Minister of Housing, in his usual unchallenged myopic Facebook posts will boast. BT might not publish this comment because they frighten for he. Anyhow, this is news they think they can trust.

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  11. jrsmith January 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    This is so tin pot is this how the roads is been patch , I am in the UK and my regional friends is laughing at us , this is so degrading. Its best if we find some white people to run the government in barbados… some ex politicians from Westminster we would see 100% results……

    We have nobody in barbados who can run the government……

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  12. KB January 4, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Looks like the tip of the iceberg, asphalt too thin in first place! Patching with concrete will cause drivers to shun areas as it maybe difficult to determine concrete from marl pothole at night

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  13. ep January 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I wonder who is the consultant? I have seen asphalt roads patched with concrete, elsewhere. What happens is that a pothole opens up next to the concrete patch, and the concrete then presents a hard, sometimes sharp edge that is more damaging to vehicles. Oh boy. smh.

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  14. Saga Boy January 4, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    @jr Smith. Why don’t u help the Britush Govt fix the tremendous problem they have with the roads there. It is said that the UK has the worst roads in Europe ….I visit occasionally so I kn first hand. I am sure your European neighbors are also laughing at you.

    Please confirm if the below article us accurate

    https://www.carkeys.co.uk/news/why-are-britain’s-roads-so-rubbish

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  15. Saga Boy January 4, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Jrbsmith why are the white people from Westminster not fixing the roads there? You are obviously brain washed about whites being superior to our black politicians.

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