Four months into road repairs on the broken and collapsing main artery roads of the rural community of White Hill St Andrew, Minister of Transport and Works Dr William Duguid is reporting slow progress.
On Tuesday morning, Duguid told Barbados TODAY while his ministry was still moving ahead to salvage the community’s only access road after rains washed it away in 2014, the project had a hit a few snags. Topping these was access to certain raw materials for the construction of the supporting gabions.
“It is moving slowly, but it is difficult work and the ministry will continue to work to bring that particular situation to a resolution,” Duguid.
“There were two sections of White Hill that needed to be looked at. The first section completely collapsed and there was a second section that was on the verge of collapsing. In that section we have started to build some gabions. If that section had collapsed, the people in the middle would be completely cut off. So we are definitely going to complete that section,” said Duguid.
The Minister was unable to give a completion time for the work.
He explained that Government was still awaiting the results of geological surveys which have been commissioned.
“We cannot make a decision until we have the best advice possible. The people of Barbados will not forgive us for making a decision like that with bad advice,” Duguid said.
In 2014 the main road was condemned by the then DLP administration following heavy rains in November of that year.