A waste!

BRSA against spending on Pine overpass

Road safety advocate Sharmane Roland-Bowen is taking a swipe at Government for spending millions of dollars on an underutilized pedestrian overpass in The Pine, St Michael four years ago while neglecting the deteriorating road conditions over the years.

Sharmane Roland-Bowen

Complaining that the potholes across the island had been ignored for much too long, Roland-Bowen said the overpass was “such a waste of money” that should have instead been spent on more pressing road problems.

“We put all that money in that one up Pine Road, some of that money could have been invested in making the road safer and doing other things where road safety is concerned – signage, markings, road conditions. It could have been utilized that way but it wasn’t and that is millions of dollars. Small remedial measures can really assist, we don’t have to go that route [of overpass],” the president of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) said.

The $2.4 million footbridge near the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation was erected in late 2012.

In the 2016-17 Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue laid in the House of Assembly in March last year, the Ministry of Transport and Works was allocated $142.452 million,
up from $123.793 million, with a further $68.426 million proposed for road network services.

Late last year Government embarked on a $2 million mill and pave road repair programme, including patching the numerous potholes.

However, that programme appeared to have been inadequate as complaints mounted about the state of the country’s roads, even as Minister of Transport & Works Michael Lashley announced this week the resumption of the patchwork beginning next week.   

Nonetheless, the BRSA is intensifying pressure on the Freundel Stuart administration to fix the potholes, and Roland-Bowen said she was dissatisfied with the quality of work done so far.   

“We need better roads and better patching methods than what are currently being used or what they want to throw at us. Where is the taxpayers’ money going? People want to know they are paying taxes – road tax and paying court fines, where is all this money going? It is going into one consolidated fund to spend in other areas. Put back some in road safety and make our roads safer.

“As I see it the authorities are neglecting their duties, their duty of care that they have a responsibility to road users to provide and keep the road in good maintenance at a reasonable manner and they are not doing that. So they are failing, they are neglecting their duties,” Roland-Bowen charged.

8 Responses to A waste!

  1. Alex Alleyne January 6, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Governmet collect BILLIONS on taxes paid on auto parts.
    So they are saying to us go out drive and mash-up your vehicle.
    Others will say “Bajans need to walk and exercise” , so put down your vehicle.
    Coming at ya from both sides……Choose one.

  2. bill January 6, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I wish to lend my voice to the outrage being expressed by Barbadian over the conditions of our roads. I however do not share the view that the overpass in the area of CBC is a waste of resources as it provides an important crossing for lots of students attending the Parkinson Secondary School.

    I am curious as to how concrete will be used to patch roads. Does it not need to be given time to set before vehicles are permitted to drive on it! To do so it seems to me that large sections of roads will have to be closed. The quick fix method of dumping asphalt in potholes and allowing the vehicles to compress it will not work with concrete!

  3. E Priestly January 6, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Funny how a road safety advocate condemns an overpass that was erected to protect pedestrians. Rather than criticise the government for its underutilization she should be condemning the pedestrians for not using it but instead climbing over the barriers. What is your real aim, ma’am?

  4. hush-up January 6, 2017 at 9:33 am

    the over pass is there and its not as waste of money its not the governments fault that no one uses it……..and again I ask what is Barbados made up of

  5. Away From Home January 6, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Why don’ t they take some of that Worthing sewage (they say does not exist) and fill the potholes with that.
    It would protect tax-paying citizens’ health, save dumping into sea, entice tourists to return, spare locals businesses financial hardship and offer an option for the probable next 2 years because from the efficiency of This Gov’t, that’s what it will take to fix either.

  6. Zeus January 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Now this is what you call ignorant talk ……where are all the bloggers who were agreeing with this lady yesterday

  7. Troy January 6, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Maybe the $250,000 was spent on materials , the remaining $2,150,000 split between the contactor and the MP. Wake up Barbados. There’s so much corruption going on in this country and we sit by and say or do nothing. These jokers know we only huff and puff but do nothing. So they will continue to pull wool over our eyes.

  8. Observer January 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Maybe you should ask sinkler where is the taxpayers money going it’s not being spent on these bad ass streets in barbados,you can’t ask the prime minister because he don’t know what’s going on in the country


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