Govt begins pothole repair

Amid scathing criticism of the poor conditions on the island’s roads, Government today rolled out its million dollar pothole patching programme in some St Michael communities.

The Freundel Stuart administration has set aside a million dollars for the pothole patching programme. Here, a team from MTW filling a hole in the area of Black Bess, St Peter this morning.

Crews from the Ministry of Transport & Works and C.O Williams Construction Company got down to the business of repairing gaping potholes, which made worst by heavy rains last December.

Busy thoroughfares in Waterford, Warrens and on University Hill were the first stops under the repair programme, which id expected to run for six weeks in the first instance.

Speaking to reporters in Goodland, St Michael, Minister of Transport & Works Michael Lashley said he was happy that the work was finally underway, while insisting that the repair programme was stalled because of heavy rains last year.

“We have had at least a million dollars set aside in terms of the pothole patching,” he said.

Lashley, who pointed out that Government has been laying new roads across the island, including at White Park Road, St Michael and at St Catherine and Ocean City in St Philip, gave the assurance that relief was on the way for other affected communities.

“We will be moving into St John shortly. We are doing now Lower Greys [Christ Church] and then moving over to the road that leads to Searles roundabout [in Christ Church],” Lashley revealed.

He said Government had earmarked $4 million for new roads.

59 Responses to Govt begins pothole repair

  1. Ryan Jones January 10, 2017 at 3:28 am

    This picture is not clear as the potholes should mot be just filled but cut back with a stihl circular saw and down to a depth of sound material. They should place a good sub-base and compacted in layers. This will wash away soon if this is not done properly.

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  2. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus January 10, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Smh

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  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 10, 2017 at 4:44 am

    THAT IS NOT THE WAY HOW TO FIX POTHOLES .YOU HAVE TO CLEAN OUT THE HOLE AND MAKE SURE THAT THE HOLE IS SQUARE OR ROUND ALSO YOU WILL TAKE OFF ANY LOOSE STUFF AROUND THE PATHOLE .SOMETIMES YOU SPRAY THE LIQUID FROM THE BARBA GREEN INSIDE BEFORE YOU APPLY THE BARBA GREEN.

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  4. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza January 10, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I am grateful they putting something in the holes. I dont care what or how. Thanks.

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  5. David A Gittens
    David A Gittens January 10, 2017 at 6:27 am

    When lil rain fall the holes will return, temporary and improper fixes

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    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco January 10, 2017 at 6:44 am

      …and continuous wastage of money with these temporary fixes!

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  6. Iteebah Cadogan
    Iteebah Cadogan January 10, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Waste of time!!!!!

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  7. Alex Alleyne January 10, 2017 at 6:55 am

    This kind of so called repairs will not fix the problem. It’s a waste of tax payers money.Do you ever hear about “Fix-it-right-the-first-time” ????.

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  8. Julien Bassman Caddle
    Julien Bassman Caddle January 10, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I hope they started reimbursing the people whose vehicles get damage too !!!

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  9. Gee Zette
    Gee Zette January 10, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Cant be ungrateful.. At least now driving you don’t have to worry about being rescue from a hole by the fire service lol. And while there( setting aside millions) set aside some for income tax returns to thanks

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    • margaret p January 10, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Ungrateful?! Yuh can only be ungrateful when yuh begging. We paying nuff taxes for them to not do what they suppose to be doing. This is you money they wasting big man.

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  10. Kami Dan
    Kami Dan January 10, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Waste of money smh next week look out fa de pothole hear

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  11. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn January 10, 2017 at 7:14 am

    This is ridiculous after paying all of that road taxes u have to do obstacle course through some huge cosmic craters called potholes

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  12. Pat BB
    Pat BB January 10, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Yuh does cut around it and then fill it in wonna ignorant ppl..
    When rain fall it wash way and a bigger hole will b there….
    Yrs wonna doing the same thing, getting the same end results and up to now still ain’t learn nothing….wasting money

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  13. Peter January 10, 2017 at 7:44 am

    That surely does NOT look like a pothole to me. Looks more like a crack or something. I’m no expert on road repairs but I think if they are doing a maintenance or repair job, they should be mindful and do it properly. This is not a video clip so we cannot make a correct judgment call as to how they procedure went. It is just a photograph.

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  14. ajani January 10, 2017 at 7:47 am

    It was a video clip on Whatsappp. Duh mussee listen tu d retired experts on a call-in program last Sunday!!

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  15. Loobie January 10, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Preparation is needed first , not just filling the crater. “We” all seem to know this , surely this is why potholes don’t remain “repaired” for any length of time!!!

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  16. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson January 10, 2017 at 7:58 am

    This does not make sense at all waste of more time and tax payers money

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    • Andy January 11, 2017 at 10:22 am

      That looks very good, but you know how it goes in Barbados. The government would spend nuff money buying a few of these machines and when you hear the shout in a year or two all would be brek down and not working due to lack of proper maintenance.

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  17. Bill January 10, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Many of the roads being patched need comprehensive reserfacing hence this exercise is being used as a means of bringing temporary relief to the upset motorists while the major reserfacing programme continues. To spend greater sums to patch roads which will be reserfaced will not be prudent.

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  18. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 10, 2017 at 8:32 am

    May need some of these.
    https://youtu.be/skReJdfyU34

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  19. Zeus January 10, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I did not know BIM had in so much civil and building engineers don’t talk about road repair experts …..all ah wunna living bout hey and st Vincent and Dominica need assistance go and help wunna brother man

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  20. Lynette Inniss
    Lynette Inniss January 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Stop the patching up and repave all the roads,for such a beautiful island,the roads should be in tip top shape.

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  21. Margaret Rogers
    Margaret Rogers January 10, 2017 at 8:50 am

    What a joke drive over it to squash it down. Then rain comes holes reappears …..keeps men in employment

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  22. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne January 10, 2017 at 8:50 am

    What a waste of space.

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  23. Amanda Jorgensen
    Amanda Jorgensen January 10, 2017 at 8:52 am

    The right way to fix a pothole

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  24. Tony Webster January 10, 2017 at 9:10 am

    @ ZEUS, and all DEM so: yep, we igrunt engineers out hey…cud also recognise desperate, dysfunctional, last-ditch desperadoes who have de bell in dem hand….effin yuh walk like a vagabond…and talk like a vagabond.., and feather wunna nest like a vagabond…you just MUST be Jesus come agin…right?

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  25. Eureta Deane
    Eureta Deane January 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

    The stuff they use do not last very long so something else need to be done

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  26. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse January 10, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Thank you..

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  27. Risa D Young
    Risa D Young January 10, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Now those potholes shall become speed bumps…

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  28. Cathyann Hinds
    Cathyann Hinds January 10, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Man u guys need patch master from Ezpave Inc that aint going to work

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  29. Marcelyn Belle
    Marcelyn Belle January 10, 2017 at 9:36 am

    You all need to begin a proper road rehabilitation programme. New wine in old bottles will not work.

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  30. Alicia Roach
    Alicia Roach January 10, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Fixed the potholes in st Lucy please

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  31. Richard Johnston January 10, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Just so the repairs last till the election

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  32. Tyrel Prince
    Tyrel Prince January 10, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Lol we wont we money. and fix yah all head to

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  33. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade January 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

    That not good when it rain the pot hold will come back

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  34. Phycopath General
    Phycopath General January 10, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Suppose to be ROAD REPAIR not POTHOLE REPAIR

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  35. jrsmith January 10, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I see manholes repaired in the UK , where the hole is cleaned out sprayed with tar refilled and a fair size roller to roll the patch level , this seems to last for ages is something similar done in barbados , i would think if the patch isn’t properly done it wouldn’t last , then this would just be a total waste of time…..

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    • Christine January 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Don’t think that happens here !!!
      Preparation is key !!!

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  36. Carl Babb
    Carl Babb January 10, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I hope dem got money ta repair plp vehicles to that them craters mash up wasting money patching build new roads one time n dun

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  37. Ralph Talma January 10, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Well said @jrsmith. I concur. The first torrential rainfall and the hole will reappear.

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  38. Addington Harris
    Addington Harris January 10, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Correct

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  39. Ingrid Jones
    Ingrid Jones January 10, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Fixing is one thing – but hope they are properly fixed, and not back to the same in a short time.

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  40. Zeus January 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Unbelievable they say a picture tell a thousand words but these comments are over the top …..if from that one picture you all are able to describe what procedure was carried out up to the time of the photograph somebody should be able to tell me what is the colour of the drivers shirt lol

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  41. Zeus January 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Btw Mr smith judging from how or what you write I would never believe there are potholes in the UK …you gave me the impression it was the perfect country where there is no racism ….no brexit ….no hooligans …crime …road accidents or deaths ….I was tempted to migrate from this miserable place

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  42. Kareem January 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    What happened to the $20 million that you Mr. LASHLEY said you received to fix the road s not it’s only $5 million where did the remainder go. The public want s to know the accountability

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  43. Gearbox1964 January 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Making me pay road tax every year to drive on bad roads…especially in the country areas like where I live. I don’t mind wunna patching potholes now, but many of the roads need repaving with great urgency. There are certain country roads which have not been repaved in decades…all wunna does do is patch holes and got the roads bumpy. The road conditions cause a lot of wear and tear on vehicles…including the Transport Board buses.

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  44. Joy Hope
    Joy Hope January 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Whole loss election what a sweet victory again we will fix the roads they got short memory’s

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  45. Hazelanne Lewis
    Hazelanne Lewis January 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Ah laughing. Why dont the just fix them properly. Pot holes can be fixed so they dont crumble away at the slightest drop of rain or from Traffic if the mixture is right and left to set properly.

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  46. Mercedes Field
    Mercedes Field January 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    in pillersdorf grazettes dont forget

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  47. Katharine Walker-Mead
    Katharine Walker-Mead January 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Hahahahahaha

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  48. Caren Hitchcock
    Caren Hitchcock January 10, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Read comments

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  49. Katharine Walker-Mead
    Katharine Walker-Mead January 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Caren Hitchcock yeah I had a good laugh at those !

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  50. Caren Hitchcock
    Caren Hitchcock January 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Still have some injuries from dem holes

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  51. Sheron Inniss January 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    A waste of money. Do it right. Yuh all never hear waste not want not.

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  52. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray January 10, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    This patching thing, is what the government is, patch work men

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  53. Elaine Vanhuis
    Elaine Vanhuis January 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    excellent.

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  54. Anshu Singh
    Anshu Singh January 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Instead of filling asphalt might as well fill dirt in it.. One is cheaper than the other..

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  55. RandomBajan January 11, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I wish i was a contractor in Barbados. I would make so much money from Government if i was allowed to patch roads like this.

    Whats more funny about the patching method in the picture is the failed asphalt around the pot hole that they are completely ignoring.

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