Residents from Marine Gardens, Nurse Road, Navy Gardens and the surrounding districts, came together yesterday evening to air their grievances surrounding ongoing road works in their neighbourhood.
The town-hall meeting, which was held at the home of one the residents, was organized by parliamentary representative for the area, Dr Maria Agard, and also brought together a member of the project’s management team, Ministry of Health officials and law enforcement officers.
Eric Butcher, consultant project manager to Ionics Pipeline Inc – the company carrying out the project – explained that the roadworks resulted in the laying of three pipelines; from Fort George to Searles, Brittons Hill to Gibbons Terrace and the Belle pumping station to the JTC Ramsey Circle.
He said the project which begun from June 2014, had been going well and would be finished before the June 30 deadline as well under the $30 million budget.
However, due to the roadwork and resulting detours, residents complained that the heavy traffic which had been directed through the area had caused several problems.
Among those were that the roads had been badly damaged, including the deterioration of sidewalks and the presence of several potholes, that the dust had become increasingly problematic, as well as experiencing difficulties in getting into their respective homes.
They also raised the issue of public service vehicles driving through the area at high speeds.
In response Dr Agard said she would be writing the relevant authorities in an effort to get some of the issues resolved.