Independent Senator John Watson is not at all happy with the quality of Barbados’ roads.
He told the Senate during yesterday’s debate: “There is a lot of work to be done on roads [and I am] concerned about the quality of the roads.”
Watson went as far as to compare the manner in which “real road building” was done years ago with today, where “we watch some big barber green machines roll down the road and roll on some black substance on the road.
“Within a year of a new road being built, you are seeing deterioration. As a matter of fact, I believe that if you get heavy rains, it would also deteriorate even quicker, and rain washes away big pieces of asphalt and washes away some of the underlay under that asphalt,” Watson charged.
He told colleagues that the situation was further compounded by the number of “big vehicles” traversing the island’s roads.
“They are destroying our roads,” he charged. “I believe that roads are built to withstand a certain level of weight . . . so in other to protect our roads, [we need to] be very selective about the roads on which certain vehicles can travel and also be very selective about the kinds and the types of vehicles that we allow into Barbados to be on our roads.
“This, Madam President, should be done because by not doing it, I think you are costing ourselves a lot of money unnecessarily,” Watson told the Upper House.
The senator also raised issue with the drainage on the country’s roads.
Meantime, the Ministry of Transport and Works was urged by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator The Very Reverend Harold Crichlow to make repairs to tenantry roads.
“Our tenantry roads need to be looked at. Sometimes we spend most of the time looking after the main roads and so on and we have some very good main roads in Barbados but a lot of people live in tenantries and we have to remember that our tenantry roads need to be repaired and a lot of them need to be surfaced in the first place,” he advised.
Following the debate, the Land Acquisition Act for the Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project was passed.