Too many potholes

Pilgrim Place residents issue road complaints

It has been a rough road to travel in recent months for residents of Pilgrim Place, Christ Church, who complain that a growing number of potholes in their roadway leave little road for pedestrians and motorists to manoeuvre.

Equally frustrating, they protest, is the impact these potholes are having on their shrinking pockets due to damage to their vehicles.

Car owner Peter Hunte told Barbados TODAY he had to fork out over $500 to repair damage to his vehicle caused by the craters, which residents said had become more plentiful since the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey in mid August.

And Hunte called on the Ministry of Transport and Works to put the road tax he pays each year to good use.

“We pay $400 to 450 [in] road tax every year and for what? To see this happening? They [Ministry of Transport and Works] need to step up their programme and deal with this,” Hunte argued.

“Road tax is $400 per person and there are thousands of cars . . . they need to step up on this.”

Pilgrim Place residents say the growing number of potholes in their roadway leave little road for pedestrians and motorists to manoeuvre.

Hunte, who has lived in the Pilgrim Place for 47 years, said the area had always been prone to flooding.

However, he said, he had never seen this many potholes decorating the roadway.

And he warned the authorities that unless repairts are done urgently, there could be serious injuries to motorists and pedestrians, including students.

“If you . . . see a truck come across or a car, you will swear blind that it will turn over because of the potholes,” he explained.

“My major concern is between 8:30 in the morning to 9 in the morning and then from 2:30 in the evening to 4 in the evening when kids are frequently passing this road to go home or to school,” he said.

Meanwhile, one pedestrian who requested anonymity told Barbados TODAY he often felt uneasy travelling on the road.

“Walking on the road is very, very hard. People shifting potholes and you got to go and run in the bush,” the elderly man commented.

“Nobody can’t walk, everybody has to slow down, so if I got to walk to get home . . .  I would got to beg for a lift to get where I going.”

At Pug’s Shop, another resident related his sad story of extensive vehicular damage, without disclosing the cost.

He also said that members of the community had taken to filling the holes  with marl and concrete as a temporary solution.

However, he said whenever there was another downpour, the craters would resurface, causing further frustration.

He said residents were upset, convinced that the ministry had no interest  in easing their plight.

“That is Barbados all the time, you does pay your road tax, the roads get mash up and they don’t repair them, they don’t fix them, they don’t care about you,” the upset resident said.

23 Responses to Too many potholes

  1. Shane Castillo
    Shane Castillo October 6, 2017 at 12:03 am

    why is it that the ministry of transport can not invest in a recycling plant that can process used tires so the tires can be used for the roads . if they ministry of transport cant do it let Williams Industries Inc. do it ?

  2. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams October 6, 2017 at 1:34 am

    They need to tax potholes, bushy sidewalks and unlit highways next!!

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 6, 2017 at 3:52 am

    BIM in a state. Period.

  4. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith October 6, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Why are we paid road tax

    • Stoutey Beer
      Stoutey Beer October 6, 2017 at 6:21 am


      • Jennifer October 6, 2017 at 9:48 am

        OK – there is too little productivity, no materials at times and money diversion from one ministry to the other ministry to fill other financial holes. god.

  5. Chris Alleyne
    Chris Alleyne October 6, 2017 at 5:12 am

    so far this year I’ve had to replace 3 tyres as a result of dropping into potholes.

    • Jennifer October 6, 2017 at 9:50 am

      join the club, and ball joints too.

  6. Toni Beckles
    Toni Beckles October 6, 2017 at 5:20 am

    This article started off wrong. It should’ve read….. It’s been a rough couple of years for Barbadians but one of their major concerns is paying $400 for road tax and not being able to enjoy proper roadways. Instead, thousands of dollars are don’t regularly replacing shocks and other parts due to inconveniences that pop up.

    • Curtis Brewster
      Curtis Brewster October 6, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Hey, and the NSRL is a success so we even worse off ’cause the shocks you have to buy next year gine brek yuh.

    • Toni Beckles
      Toni Beckles October 6, 2017 at 10:07 am

      So true

  7. Javier Maynard
    Javier Maynard October 6, 2017 at 6:28 am

    They try but its hard to fix them. They need better materials n technology to solve the issue. Vehicles put a lot of force on the road especially those trucks so they break up the tar gravel they use.

  8. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph October 6, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Highway 1 is a national disgrace. Most major roads, and all minor roads are despicable. Politicians need to answer for their crimes against the country. They’ve drowned the next 10 generations in debt and have nothing to show for it.

  9. Jack Hanma
    Jack Hanma October 6, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Oh so people now remembering the roads bad bajans are so forgetful

  10. Tammy Taitt
    Tammy Taitt October 6, 2017 at 8:57 am

    St. George in the country side want doing man. Especially that road that would carry ya to Constant and to Brighton Plantation. OMG that road eff up my tires and I now get my car. Don’t know why we paying taxes for.

  11. Alex Alleyne October 6, 2017 at 9:07 am

    The TOP road builders told DAVID THOMPSON that it will cost the TAX PAYERS BDS$ one million per mile to do the JOB.
    Now you all can see why there are still in such bad shape. Government got better things to do with YOUR money.

  12. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams October 6, 2017 at 9:15 am

    It would be nice to know what are the takings of each parish or constituency pays per annum. I really don’t understand why we have constituencies and why there is a glaring absence of economic management at that level? If you are from St. John, your road tax should be directed towards maintaining roads in St. John firstly and anything or anywhere else there after.

  13. Sue Donym October 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Unfortunately, road tax is not earmarked for road purposes; it goes into the Consolidated Fund and only a minor percentage makes it to road building/maintenance/repair.

    It is well demonstrated that the mix of materials, technical ability and climatic conditions has not worked to our best advantage. The administrators simply are not commited to a solid road improvement and maintenance programme. They are commited to receiving their salaries and maintaining their positions, increments and perks. Every department is staffed from top level paper shufflers, admin offficers, technical people, workmen and sometimes consultants who get a share of the road tax revenue.

    Your tax dollars also pay for official trips abroad to look at equipment and technology, attendance at conferences – with a fitting amount of support staff – so that we can come up to mark with other countries; except that there’s never enough money for the actual work. And so it continues until an election looms…

  14. David Eastmond
    David Eastmond October 6, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Ban Road Tax from the Consolidated fund, let the money go to the road maintenance.

    • Sue Donym October 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Not going to happen @David Eastmond. With well over 100,000 vehicles on the road paying from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars each, this is easily one of the big revenue earners. On the other hand departments such as education, health and social services do not generate enough to wholly support themselves.

      We have to put tighter controls on many areas; ask the Auditor General

  15. Alex Alleyne October 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    @SU (11.31am) and that is why the island will be flooded with automobiles and the Transport Board Bus left out in the sun and rain to rot.
    Government get out “lickin’ from the amount of vehicles on the roads.

    • Sue Donym October 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      True @Alex Alleyne AND find money to subsudise Transport Board every year. Just now they will be in the do for increases.

  16. De Fish Man October 6, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Ok so if there are 100,000+ cars on the road & it takes $1,000000.00 to fix 1,mile of road.So let’s use simple mathematics approximately $450 per vehicle road tax would be a simple average including commercial which pay more & So called luxuryvehicles just another excuse for more taxes on people just using a different name for it.!!
    So $450 x 100,000 = $45,000000.00.
    So that would be enough money to fix the roads from east point to north point then you would still have $16,500000,00.
    You would have fixed 21,miles of road then.
    Then use the rest of it to fix the worse roads in each parish.
    And then the following year they would collect another $50,million because more cars on the roads.
    In 3,years Barbados would have all brand new roads.Buy the cement in bulk at a cheaper price locally made build all concrete roads would be cheaper than asphalt.Harder to dig up too.
    Problem solved…!!
    Concrete would have a life span of around 75,years


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