The people of Flagstaff Road, St Michael are breathing a sigh of relief now that area road works have picked back up.
When Barbados TODAY visited the project today, workmen were on the job, preparing a section of the road to be paved.
And some residents who recently complained that work was taking too long to be completed now say they feel assured that an effort was being made to provide them with a better road.
“I real happy to see the work going on now. Before, people were feeling like nothing ain’t going on because there was this long delay,” one man told Barbados TODAY. “It isn’t that residents just complaining because they want to, it is just that the dust getting to some people, and some people can’t get to their homes properly. But, we happy the work getting do, because this road was really bad for years, and everybody know that.”
Yesterday, residents received a letter from the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, dated December 19, stating that the Ministry regrets the length of time taken for the road improvement at Flagstaff to be completed and the inconvenience it has caused.
“Brathwaite Construction who is the contractor assigned to undertake the project, has indicated that paving of the section between Highway 6 and Ifill Road, will be done on December 21.
“The remainder of work on Flagstaff Road will be completed by March 31. The Ministry thanks you for your continued patience and co-operation as we seek to improve the condition of Flagstaff Road,” the letter read.
Resident Juliette Amos who initially complained that the dust from road works was invading her home said she has noticed that workmen were making the effort to push the work.
“I could see them trying. But some people want to know how come only part [of] the road [is] getting done now,” Amos said.
On December 4, in a Barbados TODAY article on the troubled project, Minister of Works, Transport and Maintenance Dr William Duguid apologized to residents of Flagstaff Road, but blamed the delay on the former Democratic Labour Party.
Duguid at the time explained that the work was started under the wrong head of Government’s budget in the annual Estimates which guides Government spending.