Major roads in the Grand Bay community are being rehabilitated.
The Hon. Parliamentary for the Grand Bay Constituency, Justina Charles, accompanied GIS News to several road projects that were currently being undertaken in the community last week.
A $90,000 road project for residents of Hagley is a highlight of the activities. Fifteen people are employed there.
“This Hagley Road has been in a dilapidated condition for a little while to the extent that bus drivers would not take passengers there because they felt it was too bad to drive on. From the last tranche of money we got, I just thought I would engage a contractor from Hagley to do this piece of road. I can tell you that I am very satisfied with it. As I look at the work, I really feel that he has stretched that $90,000. When you engage people in the area to work, they claim ownership and try to make the best of the resources,” Charles stated.
Work on the Tete Morne Road has been ongoing for the past three weeks; for that the Hon. Parliamentary Representative is pleased.
She says, “That is something about which I have been speaking for a while. The road is bad with many potholes. Very often when the buses were transporting passengers, they would sometimes have difficulty finding the easier side of the road to drive on. It was terrible. Some of the potholes were so deep that probably half of the tires would go in. They were bad. So I spoke with the Hon. Minister for Public Works, Ian Pinard and told him of the situation.”
Several young persons are gainfully employed on that aspect of the rehabilitation project.
Commuters are excited about their new road and expressed their thanks to their Parliamentary Representative.
“The road was bad but right now everybody is smiling; they are happy about it,” said Contractor Shane Alexander.
According to resident, Junior John, “For many years the road was bad and now our Parliamentary Representative came and fixed it up [to what it is now.] They never fixed it like that before. It’s good. I appreciate it and it’s really nice.”
The Parliamentary Representative says her next mission is to target the secondary roads in the constituency.
In February 2014, more than $3-million was spent on the entire Lalay Road in Grandbay. The DOWASCO water pipes were replaced and the entire drainage system was overhauled and sidewalks constructed on both sides of the road.