Jamaica Gleaner / Some residents in Hanover are contending that the parish has not been seeing the effects of a road maintenance initiative outlined by state minister for works in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Everald Warmington, in his 2016-2017 sectoral address. In his Sectoral Debate presentation last July, Warmington had indicated that roads across the island which have been cut for patching would have be repaired in 48 hours and small holes in main roads would be dealt with speedily. However, for farmer and justice of the peace Collin Johnson, the National Works Agency (NWA), which has been mandated to carry out this task, has fallen short.
“That is a problem I see all over; they make a little pothole become a big thing … I think they should have a maintenance crew in place, have proper supervision to make sure they get value for money and quality work is being done. They need to have qualified people doing it and get practical and experienced people doing the work. Not just to come throw some tar,” Johnson stated.
poor maintenance “Most of the roads are not being repaired. The Jericho to Mosquito Cove road has some craters in it … and I think they need to place some of the emphasis on the National Water Commission (NWC). They are the main
culprits, and the frequency at which they dig up roads to repair pipes, they should have specialist repair teams to go back and repair the roads and bring them back to their original status. NWC just pour some marl and that’s it. So when rain falls, that goes like butter ‘gainst sun, because the marl
dissolves easily,” Johnson said.
Added Johnson: “As a matter of fact, the wet conditions, because of the broken main, when they put the marl in it the marl starts to break down immediately; so in short order, that becomes a pothole. The solution would be to put stone and gravel and barber-green, and do it properly. The marl is a waste of time, a waste of money. I don’t know how expensive is stone versus the marl, but in terms of longevity as a sub-base, the stone is better.”
Johnson said while the NWA had done a good job in maintaining the Keep Left to Glasgow main road, the state of the roads in the Lucea town centre and its outskirts leaves much to be desired.
“There are a lot of shortcomings in the town. Lucea is a traffic nightmare when it comes to weekends. That road at Malcolm Heights is the only alternative bypass around Lucea, yet it is in a deplorable condition … It is terrible and it has been like this for quite a while,” Johnson said. Green Island Development Area Committee Vice-President Leonard Sharpe, said he was unimpressed by the NWA’s performance.
no money spent “No money is being spent in Hanover on the roads. Even the road from Keep Left leading into the town of Lucea, they say they are going to fix it and all now they can’t.
How you are going to provide a six-lane road in Kingston when in Hanover, you can’t fix that road which is less than one kilometre,” Sharpe said.
“Malcolm Heights road is very bad. Any time the traffic blocks up in Lucea, people have to use it, and it has a whole heap of pothole.
“The road from Keep Left to Church Street, two vehicles can’t pass each other at the same time in some sections; they have to wait until the other pass because of how the road stay bad. Sometimes you have road block because of that,” he said.
“The road from Kingsvale to Lucea, they even cut six feet by six across the asphalt to do repairs and took forever to fix it. So, if you have two vehicles coming one has to stop and wait until the other one passes because of the road weh cut out, or you drop into the hole,” he added.