Bad roads are causing businesses to close in St George South and are proving to be a major hindrance to business development in the rural community.
Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce and Member of Parliament for the area, Dwight Sutherland, told reporters this as he toured the area with the Transport and Works Minister Dr William Duguid on Tuesday.
“We must not minimize the value of these businesses that support entire homes. People will not continue to drive these roads because their cars are being damaged,” Sutherland said.
The touring party earmarked several roads which were in urgent need of repair including a connecting bridge between Danny’s Land and Baird’s Village that seemed to be on the verge of collapsing.
Laying the blame for the state of the roads at the feet of the previous DLP government, Sutherland warned that continuing to ignore the issue could have serious consequences.
“That bridge is a significant conduit. If that bridge collapses, we will have a significant problem within that northern section of St George South. This is not minor work here. This is major,” he said.
The Minister revealed Government has begun work on one of the problematic roads. While he does not expect all the roads to be repaired immediately due to budgetary constraints, he is pushing for meaningful headway within the next six months.
“Sometimes, when the rain falls, these roads are impassable. We urgently need to address the road infrastructure in St George South. I am sure that the Ministry of Transport and Works is inundated with claims for tires, rims and shocks from residence here because they have a legitimate claim, said Sutherland.
The Minister said, “in all fairness to the Ministry of Transport and Works, it is not possible for them to start tomorrow. So I will give the Minister another six months to get his act in order and then I want to see road works started. Don’t get me wrong because Government has already started road works in St George South but there are so many in disrepair that I have to be patient.”