“Battling increasing potholes”

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FROM THE BUSY Highway 1 on the West Coast to the picturesque Ermy Bourne Highway in the east, and from Connell Town in St Lucy to Silver Sands, Christ Church, potholes are springing up on the nation’s roads like bush after heavy rains.

And judging from the time it is taking to patch them, the deterioration appears to be challenging the capacity of the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW). Even on the island’s most heavily used highways – Highway 1 along the West Coast, Ronald Mapp Highway which runs parallel but farther inland, Highway 7 along the South Coast, the ABC Highway, Charles Duncan O’Neal Highway, Ermie Bourne Highway – the potholes have been popping up with amazing regularity.

Off the beaten path, however, particularly in the rural parishes, the deterioration is nothing short of epic, with more potholes than smooth surface in some locations.

What is also clear is that a focus on just patching the holes will not be enough, given the clear evidence of badly cracked surfaces all over the island, a sure indication that as the rains continue and the traffic pounds, fresh holes will open up. (RRM)

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