Too bumpy!

Bizzy unhappy with pothole patchwork

Outsource the patching of potholes to the private sector or provide the civil servants with the proper equipment to get the job done effectively.

This advice from businessman Ralph Bizzy Williams, whose brother Sir Charles Williams is involved in the asphalt business through his C O Williams Construction Ltd civil engineering company.

Sir Charles could not be reached as he is currently travelling in South America.

Making it clear he was not criticizing Ministry of Transport & Works (MTW) employees, Williams said over the years potholes were not being patched properly because the workers were “sent out there to patch potholes with a shovel and a supply of the hot mix, asphalt.

“It is impossible to shovel some asphalt or whatever into a pothole with no proper compaction and expect it to hold. So the next rain it is going to pop out and the hole is going to be back there again,” Williams said.

The C O Williams crew, on the other hand, ensured the job was done properly, without leaving bumps because they were better equipped, he said.

“They dump material into the pothole, leave a bump into the road for the vehicles to roll it in because they are not equipped properly with the equipment to do a proper repair job. So you end up with bumps all over the road to repair the potholes and then what happens is the vehicles that are passing over these bumps end up with broken shock absorbers, broken springs, damaged suspensions and the cost in foreign exchange to the country to replace those things is tremendous.

“So it would probably pay for the Government to put out the repairs of the potholes to private sector and get it properly done or equip the men that are working in the Government properly and maintain the equipment,” Williams said.

Government has come in for scathing criticism in recent times over the state of the island’s roads, with a number of residents, including Minister of International Business Donville Inniss, reporting that the potholes were costing them thousands of dollars in repairs to their vehicles.

A million dollar patchwork programme was rolled out earlier this month, with both MTW and private contractors undertaking the repairs.

Among the critics of the road condition was the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA), whose president Sharmane Roland-Bowen had complained about the quality of the material used in the repairs and the temporary nature of the work.

Roland-Bowen, who recently returned from an overseas trip, told Barbados TODAY she would examine the current patchwork programme to determine if it was being done satisfactorily.

“This is not only about fixing the roads but it is also about maintenance. If our roads were maintained they would not be in the state they are today. The rains would have come and some of the damage would have been done but it would not have been extensive as it was,” she explained.

A recent proposal by the Aron and Christina Truss Foundation for the private sector to repair about seven kilometres of road along Highway 1 from Spring Garden to Holetown was welcomed by Roland-Bowen, who promised that BRSA stood ready to lend support.

However, she suggested the estimated $3.6 million projected be done mostly at night when there was less traffic, and the completed work should cater to pedestrians, including the disabled.

“We know it is also a tourist [belt]. We need to cater to every person, local and visitors as well . . . don’t forget the pedestrians and the vulnerable persons. Also the markings, we hope that they will put in the relevant road markings and signs, pedestrian markings and so on,” Roland-Bowen advised.

17 Responses to Too bumpy!

  1. Carson C Cadogan January 21, 2017 at 1:37 am

    “Roland-Bowen, who recently returned from an overseas trip, told Barbados TODAY she would examine the current patchwork programme to determine if it was being done satisfactorily.”

    What is her expertise in road maintenance? When was she appointed to the post of Chief Technical Officer?

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 21, 2017 at 2:13 am

    The government don’t have no money. Why not volunteer and help the government.

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 21, 2017 at 2:14 am

    You and your brother make a lot of money from the government.

  4. Harry January 21, 2017 at 4:57 am

    CCC likely her expertise is as good as yours.

  5. Tony Webster January 21, 2017 at 6:51 am

    @Carson C. Cadogan…the self-appointed “Chief Technical Apologist” for this government, although I’ll-qualified and equipped, does a fine whining , whingeing job as any other yard-fowl buffoon would do …throwing a few hot-mix words into the yawning crevasses of this government’s incompetence, . Bravo, Sir…we rise and salute at the mere approach of your shadow…..or any pearls of wisdom that fall from your fingertips.

  6. jrsmith January 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

    What i notice everyday in the (UK) which I made it my business to see how the hole patching is done near my home..
    I compare this to what I saw in Barbados , in Barbados doesn’t come anyway close to how is done in the (UK)…..
    What I saw in the (UK) they clean the hole first and make it wider, then they spray hot asphalt around the base and sides. a ramming machine is used to pack the hole , after the hole is filled, a heavy roller is run back and forth leveling the hole to road service………………….

  7. D Oracle January 21, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Angus, I’ll bet the Williams, like everybody else except DEM own, see hell to get payment from Government for services rendered. That’s likely why they walk off the job at regular intervals. Tell me, what do YOU volunteer for the public good except yo fat lip?

  8. Alex Alleyne January 21, 2017 at 7:48 am

    It all comes back to the MINISTER who is responsible for that area. If the PM was “large and in charge” of his members he would have made a “switch and fire” of some of his “non performing Ministers”. Even though he might not like the way things are going , still he must “grin-and-bear-it”. In the mean time BDS suffer.

  9. Peter January 21, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Correction: either Mr. Ralph Williams or reporter Marlon Madden. One does NOT PATCH potholes. They patch the ROAD. with the potholes. JR Smith will correct upu on the use of the Queens language. Our roads now look like designer made patchwork jeans. Though some of those have designer made holes. Feels good when you poke your finger in them. Tony Web your description of Carson C Cadogan is 99.99 percent spot on. I would have scored you the full 100 percent if you had included the word “azzhole” or “idiot” somewhere in there. jrsmith All you do is compare Barbados with England/UK. Pray tell me why did you come back? Go back and lick the bull dog backside.

  10. seagul January 21, 2017 at 9:47 am

    The one huge problem with a long-established culture of corruption and entitlement in politics and government service. International visitors to the Barbados Free Press are usually shocked when they learn that Barbados government officials are not prohibited from accepting gifts of any value—from land developers or companies that receive government contracts. When are we going to change the mindset of attacking each other and fix this corruption?! We talk about Barrow this and that…..

  11. Tony Webster January 21, 2017 at 10:18 am

    @Seagul..I thank you for the timely reminder of that li’l , teeny-weeny loop-hole in our Civi Service regs. However…Hmmm….our Amurican friends need feign shock….as they have long excluded (absolved?) the holder of the Office of President from such strictures….most likely, supposing any contender would be so free of such, and/or conflicted interests ….as Jesus of Nazareth might. In Trump they trust?

  12. Greengiant January 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Roland – Bowen went to study civil engineering man. That’s the problem with some of our NGO leaders, while they mean well, they step out of their league. @ Carson C

    • Carson C Cadogan January 21, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Dont pay her any mind.

  13. Zeus January 21, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Here we go again with how things are done in the UK ….If the UK in the bench mark there should be no potholes in the UK……we complain about the potholes now we complaining about how bumpy they are lol……what next

  14. Carson C Cadogan January 21, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    People like Bizzy really amuse me.

    He wants the Govt. of the day to give him the road patching contract.

    The decent and civilize thing to do would be to have a direct face to face meeting with the Min. and the Chief Technical Officer. But what does he do? He calls in the press and tells them to tell the Min. and the Chief Technical Officer that he can do the job better.

    I would not give him the time of day under those conditions.

    BTW what Charmaine was doing was ILLEGAL. She is a Law breaker and not to be encourage.

  15. Jennifer January 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    @Angus Ben – I love that.
    @Peter – good view especially of this UK nonsense especially the bull dog bit.
    Yes he is criticizing MTW so stop it. If our GOVERNMENTS had concentrated on purchasing the necessary equipment and update training for workers, instead of cooning and giving the contracts to you lot, pumping money into these dead hotels while their owners and their wives on yachts, make you people more wealthy then we would not be in this position. We are clearly in the abyss.

  16. Samantha Best January 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    If Seagul really knew what he was speaking about he would be aware that the General Orders under which Public Officers function prohibits the acceptance of gifts. I know that this will not be published because all of my comments always await approval before publishing.


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