A waste of taxpayers' money

Collapsed road surfaces in Portmore anger motorists

Observer staff reporter

Monday, November 06, 2017

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Motorists are blaming shoddy workmanship for two collapsed road surfaces in Portmore, St Catherine.

“It terrible over here,” a taxi operator shouted when he saw the Jamaica Observer vehicle on Municipal Boulevard in the vicinity of the traffic light at Portmore Pines.

The other deteriorating surface is on the Dyke Road at the intersection of Passage Fort Drive.

Both spots have been cordoned off with caution tape and metal drums.

“Poor infrastructure, the people dem use inferior material. Even if dem fix it now, next month dem can get a job again,” said a woman motorist who declined to give her name.

Pointing out that whenever it rains the roads deteriorate, the woman questioned the purpose of doing repairs.

“I want to know why them even a spend money and do it. Is a waste of tax payers' money,” she exclaimed.

Taxi operator Larue Spencer, who claimed he had to fork out $7,500 to buy a tyre after his car fell into the breakaway on Municipal Boulevard last week, complained that the roads in and outside of Portmore are not built properly.

“Last Tuesday I was carrying four teachers to Waterford High School. When I mek a left at the stoplight I saw a pool of water. When I tried to go through the water my tyre burst. It was smaller the week before. I didn't know it was so big. Is a good thing seh mi did have a spare so mi coulda change,” Spencer said, adding that the problem exists on other roads in Portmore.

“The workman them nah fix the road them good over here,” Spencer reasoned. “The now-and-again patching is not good for motorists. The asphalt is two inch thick when it should be six inches. Them nah do the work good, a bare 'cobbla' work.”

Another motorist, Laurence Hart, also blamed poor workmanship for the sunken section of Municipal Boulevard.

Hart, who said he initially noticed the sinkage on Saturday, claimed that beneath the surface is hollow, causing the road to sink when water gets underneath.

When the Observer visited Dyke Road, motorists were seen driving cautiously on the narrow thoroughfare.

According to Nicholas Forrest, who said he travels that route daily, the road is a disaster waiting to happen.

“The more the rain fall, it sinks. Is like somebody haffi drop in the gully fi them fix it,” Forrest said, claiming that the road has been in that condition for months.

Another motorist, Jodekay Hemmings, said it was not the first time the road has collapsed, but she thought the authorities would have repaired it properly.

Yesterday, efforts to contact the National Works Agency for a comment were not successful.




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