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Fix the roads... and properly too!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Dear Editor,

Jamaicans have been complaining about the bad road conditions and I have heard the communications manager of National Works Agency, Steven Shaw, on the programmes of two media houses offering all kinds of excuses why the roads are in bad condition.

I see no sense in interviewing Shaw, because he gives no hope for the fixing of the roads. I believe there to be no good excuse for the situation, because, in the first instance, if the relevant authority had been supervising the fixing of the roads to see that the work is properly done, the roads would not be in the deplorable state.

I agree that the deterioration of some sections of the road is caused by the trucks from some of the quarries. They do great damage to the roads, at times. But can't the Government take drastic action against these companies?

I have a question to the Government: Since the reason for not fixing the roads sooner is the soaring costs, can some of the money that has been collected from the traffic ticket amnesty be used to fix the roads?

I think for too long motorists in this country have sat down and taken too much, without voicing disapproval.

Recently, I fell into a pothole while skipping from one and burst one of my new car tyres; I think the relevant authority should be responsible for replacing my tyre.

Salt River main in Clarendon is in a terrible state. In Old Harbour, where there is a new housing scheme; the road in St Thomas; Bull Bay; St Catherine; across the Corporate Area: too many of these roads have huge potholes and no street lights.

Some degree of blame must also be shared with companies like National Water Commission and the cable operators, which too often dig up the roads and the workmanship when it is 'fixed' is seriously wanting. When the rain comes motorists suffer.

This is unfair. We need proper roads!


Mark Bell


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