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Slow going

Carlos Atwell

Slow going

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BARBADOS’ INFRASTRUCTURE continues to change with the building of three new roundabouts.
However, the length of time the projects are taking also continue to be a concern.
The DAILY NATION visited construction sites at Coral Ridge, Orange Hill and Boarded Hall to see how the work was progressing.
At Boarded Hall, project manager Tim Wells said there were no major problems save waiting on the utility companies.
“It’s only this cavity here which has slowed us down a bit. We don’t have a set time to finish as we still have to wait on the [utility] services,” he said.
Wells said today would be their last day on the job until January 3.
Acting deputy chief technical officer, Dave Scantlebury, said the work was not going as quickly as hoped.
“I would say it is moving slower than expected but over the past two to three months, the work has sped up due to the presence of the utility services on site,” he said.
Journalist Patrick Hoyos is one of the more heavily impacted people as he lives nearby. His driveway was dug up to facilitate Barbados Water Authority pipes.
“Our biggest inconvenience is the driveway. They have taken 15 to 20 feet and have me using this marl road for four months,” Hoyos said.
Hoyos added he was not arguing with anyone, noting that the Black Bess Quarry workers and Ministry of Transport and Works personnel were very helpful and cooperative but he wanted to know when the work would be completed.
At the Coral Ridge roundabout, also being done by Black Bess Quarry, the roundabout there was beginning to take shape. A worker said it was easy to think they were not doing anything but the public had to take things such as utilities and funds into account.
There were no personnel to be seen at Orange Hill roundabout and a call made to CO Williams’ communications consultant Mike Williams was not returned.
The work there appeared to be the most advanced with the roundabout in place and only cosmetic work seemin