Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy says contrary to popular belief, the majority of this island’s roads are in good condition.
Estimating that over 70 per cent of roads would receive a passing grade, the senior minister in the Freundel Stuart Cabinet called for Barbadians to be patient with the Ministry of Transport and Works as it seeks to fix those roads in need of repair.
“Barbados has an extensive network of roads and . . . we have to recognize the fact that, by and large, our road network is good. I am told that 70 per cent of it is in good working order,” Sealy told the House of Assembly this afternoon during continuing debate on Government’s 2016/2017 Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue.
He added: “Now I know members may howl at hearing that fact, particularly MPs for rural constituencies that have extensive areas of roads that need attention and they should get attention and we should try to move that 70 per cent up into the 80’s and, of course, as close to 100 [per cent] as we could possibly get it.
“But the reality is that we have constraints and we have limitations and it is only obvious that the ministry will have to prioritize this work as much as possible . . ,” he went on.
Sealy lauded both the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government, and the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) when it formed the Government, for keeping the road network in Barbados in relatively good working condition.
He dismissed charges that Government paid special attention to the constituencies in which DLP MP’s resided.
Sealy disclosed that major roadworks had been undertaken in both the Christ Church West and St Andrew constituencies which he referred to as BLP strongholds.
“The cap of being partisan in terms of our road repair programme is not one that fits this Government and we are not going to wear it,” he said.