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Election Gimmick? Roads being paved days before 2019 Polls

- Bishop John I. Cline condemns move, calling it “a waste of money”
The NDP 1 has found it fit to pave a road in Purcell Estate leading to Free Bottom on Tortola, after the District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) said she had to “harass” the Communications and Works Minister, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) for years to get the road done. Photo: Team of Reporters
Construction cones being placed on a road in the Purcell Estate area after some seven and a half years of no action. Photo: Team of Reporters
Construction cones being placed on a road in the Purcell Estate area after some seven and a half years of no action. Photo: Team of Reporters
Roads are also being paved in Road Town in the waterfront area, which started yesterday Saturday, February 2, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
Roads are also being paved in Road Town in the waterfront area, which started yesterday Saturday, February 2, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After some seven-plus years with the poorest infrastructure in the country’s history, added to that a 2017 flood followed by two category five hurricanes, the National Democratic Party (NDP 1) has done little or nothing to fix roads and bridges in the Territory during the periods of 2011-2019.

Now that Elections 2019—set for February 25th—is on the horizon, the NDP 1 government and its District representatives have suddenly sprung into action with a number of road projects, leading many to wonder whether it is just an election gimmick.

Where is the money?

A few years ago, the NDP 1 regime took out a $16M loan from the Social Security Board dedicated to fixing roads and bridges. Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the Government received additional funding through a Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) $65M loan and a portion of that was for road rehabilitation works.

To date, little or nothing has been done and the money is still unaccounted for by the regime that former Governor, John S. Duncan OBE had stated publicly that they "lack spending priorities."

However, just last week which is a few days before the 2019 General Elections, the NDP1 has found it fit to pave a road in Purcell Estate leading to Free Bottom on Tortola, after the District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) said she had to “harass” the Communications and Works Minister, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) for years to get the road done.

In addition, they are paving roads in Road Town in the waterfront area, which started yesterday Saturday, February 2, 2019. 

Bishop Cline condemns 'wastage of money'

Former Chairman of the BVI Christian Council Bishop John I. Cline in a video released on Social Media within the past 24 hours, condemned the move as “a waste of money” and “political gimmick.” 

He called on the public to stand up and speak out against the abuse of public funds when there are “other places that need more urgent attention.”

The cost of the road paving works and the asphalt is unknown at this time. It is also unclear what role the Recovery and Development Agency Board (RDA)—believed to be an alternate government—has in the project. 

The RDA was set up because of the United Kingdom's (UK) mistrust of the Dr Smith administration due to its several allegations of corruption.

Many have said, if it rains, the asphalt will wash away causing many potholes. Resident Engineer of the Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) news centre was not immediately available to provide context and bring his expertise on the subject. 

32 Responses to “Election Gimmick? Roads being paved days before 2019 Polls”

  • Local (03/02/2019, 18:26) Like (86) Dislike (16) Reply
    They can do what they want right now to try to deceive us but it’s too little too late, eat them out, drink them out, and vote them out!!!!!
  • 123 (03/02/2019, 18:29) Like (42) Dislike (19) Reply
    this about about time someone talk about tis
  • Outspoken (03/02/2019, 18:38) Like (68) Dislike (5) Reply
    Bishop Cline in his video is well on point. How in life anyone in their right thinking mine can be so reckless? Here you have a stretch of road with old asphalt, you have not dig up the old asphalt then lay a proper base for new asphalt but yet you just put the new asphalt on the old and pressed it in. As soon as rain fall, it is going to lift up the new asphalt. This is a total waste of tax payers money and a lot of people needs to speak out against it. What hurt me most is when I saw Whitehead on site watching what is going on. But he is making the millions so he don’t give a f..k. These men need to go jail for this blatant mismanagement, wastage and reckless spending of tax payers money. Then this barefaced mongoose MARK on video chatting piss in people ear like if he doing something good.
    • Corrector (03/02/2019, 22:07) Like (2) Dislike (23) Reply
      @outspoken. You do not have to dig up the old asphalt you just have to make sure you spay an adequate amount of Bitumen on the old road before you lay the new asphalt, and of course after you have to roll it the proper way with the correct equipment.
      • road dog (04/02/2019, 09:42) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
        True, a prime coat (emulsified asphalt) is sprayed on a stabilized subgrade to bond it to either the subbase or base. Further a tact coat (emulsified asphalt) is sprayed between asphalt concrete layers, ie, between subbase and base and base and surface course, to bond them. As another blogger noted, the proper fix for a failed road is reconstruction. Applying a tack coat on the surface course of a failed road and putting down a seal coat does little if anything to rehabilitate the failed road. It is a temporary fix; some people may label it as wasting money. Agree. Fix the roads right the first time.

        Let’s stop repeating the same mistakes over and over. A smooth road is not necessarily a good road if there is trouble lurking below the surface. Stop awarding road construction to cronies who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground in regards to proper road construction. It benefits a few but the people pay out the nose in several ways, ie, bad road driving, pot hole dodging (hard game to master), high vehicle operating cost, less value for tax dollars......etc. Train PWD personnel on proper road maintenance and minor construction, ie engineers, surveyors, equipment operators, truck drivers, asphalt plant operators (proper asphalt mix and temperature), maintenace personnel, contract people. A proper road system is needed. There is no need for the steep incline roads despite the hilly terrain. Circular, winding design is better. Stop fooling the people;people don’t be fooled. Road construction is not nuclear physics so we can train our people easily to deliver a better quality. The people currently in charge of roads, ie, MCW, PWD, contractors......etc have failed miserably and whatever happened in the election a new crew is needed. If nothing changes, the Road Dog will viciously attack (not physically) the enablers of this pain on ah we.
      • @Corrector (04/02/2019, 23:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        ...they seem to forget that Brewers Bay’s roads are in much greater need of repair than Road Town. What is truly going on here???
    • VICKIE (04/02/2019, 14:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      They start to waste money it is best to try and do it right instead of just doing it because election is around the corner. It is time they stop this wasteful spending it seems as if they do not learn from their previous mistakes I hope the voters is seeing and try to put people in there who really cares about this place than looking good for a vote. To put back this gang we will sure go to the ground.
  • Wicked (03/02/2019, 19:23) Like (48) Dislike (8) Reply
    What a national disgrace. It’s all about getting power for them. People suffered for 7 dam years on these roads. Cost people a lot cost some them
    Health. I so vex with these motherskunks. All you come look for votes. All you need to go in exile when you loose. Sick puppies.
  • E. Leonard (03/02/2019, 19:50) Like (42) Dislike (3) Reply
    The BVI road network is poorly designed, constructed and maintained, resulting in a poor road life cycle. A properly designed, constructed and maintained road should have an average lifecycle of 10-15 years. Poor drainage is a major cause of premature road failure. Once a road has failed, the only proper fix is complete reconstruction. Placing a seal coat or overlay over a failed road is a temporary fix, a band aid. Moreover, other locales have different types of road classifications, ie, arterial, collector, local.....etc. The BVI has a network of mix-use roads. The network is used by cars, light trucks, heavy trucks, solid waste trucks, construction equipment........etc. As such, the roads should be designed, constructed and maintained to safely and functionally carry the heaviest wheel load that will used the road to extend the road useful life. The BVI needs a road network master plan.
  • focus (03/02/2019, 20:13) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    don't ever buy cat in bag,focus
  • Citizen (03/02/2019, 20:41) Like (43) Dislike (26) Reply
    So tell me something; is it a crime to pave the roads regardless of election. I am driving this roads every day, do you know the pain it takes going in one after the other pot-hole... I don't care who wins but am happy to have the dawn roads fix. Let the Millionaire Cline know I ent as rich as he is. Thanks for who so ever fixing it...
    • Well (03/02/2019, 23:01) Like (38) Dislike (3) Reply
      You are missing the point
    • .... (04/02/2019, 07:03) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      That same “smooth” road you are now driving on will have pot holes again in a few months. I guess mediocre is what you will continue to accept, because you will forever be driving in pot holes with complacent attitude.
  • Let’s wake up my people (03/02/2019, 20:59) Like (45) Dislike (0) Reply
    The $16 million received to fix the roads from some years ago needs to be accounted for. This is why I refuse to attend the NDP stupid rallies because all they doing is making a set of noise and not accounting to us the people. Their supporters are just as irresponsible because at the very least they should be holding them accountable but they seem to just take their share and follow loyally like puppets. How can any reasonable citizen support this type of behavior. Unless we start by holding all our elected officials accountable they will never be accountable.
    • BIG E (05/02/2019, 23:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Hmm (03/02/2019, 21:13) Like (40) Dislike (23) Reply
    Not interesting in what Bishop Cline have to say all of them just running their mouths because they couldn't get their own way set of greedy power hungry people
  • vex (03/02/2019, 21:33) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Whitehead is one of the sponsors for VPIM. See where the money going and going go.
  • Collusion (03/02/2019, 21:41) Like (30) Dislike (24) Reply
    Mark is officially the “Patch N Go” Minister and should be voted out for this Piblicity Stunt, if nothing else. He has been an utter failure as Minister of Communications & Works.
    • @Collusion (04/02/2019, 16:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Collusin, actually “Patch N Go” is term used in some places where the roads are in a deteriorated condition but lacked the funds to reconstruct them and the interim solution is just to fill potholes, tamp down the fill a likle and go. Thus, the term Patch and Go. Labeling the process in the VI as Patch and Go may be applicable but nicknaming the MCW Patch N Go is another tory.
  • ndp (03/02/2019, 22:17) Like (16) Dislike (24) Reply

    Alvera Cains please go and sit down you look an a**. Can’t even speak and you want to be engineer the road.

  • Listen (03/02/2019, 22:33) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with e.leonard about the poorly designed road network. By the collage what they did there it has no way for the water to run off it just there breeding mosquitoes if they dig up some of the old asphalt and then repave it so that the road ain’t keeping water on the sides and from them being as high as a hill it’s ridiculous. In my opinion and having lived in orher countries just saying.
  • wize up (04/02/2019, 01:22) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    same old political conduct election after election and some off of us fall for it hook-line-sinker....
  • SHAME (04/02/2019, 05:26) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Whitehead like to talk about we have to save the country but we need to save it from them so who only care about the dollar and would not tell the government they doing shit when it’s time to make money only when no money ain’t rolling they talk bout government doing shit why he ain’t tell them it have more important areas of the road need to resurface or put the money into a temporary facility at west end so we can have the ferries from stt coming to help the West End and Jvd economy but no and he wants ppl vote his party boss go from here with your bs only because they are 2 good candidates your party would get a vote
  • whatver (04/02/2019, 07:22) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Last month. This Month . Next month Whenever it needed to be done......The issue is .was it done properly. Or was it was gjmmick or a waste of money......We will find out when heavy rain come down on it.
  • wize up (04/02/2019, 07:27) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    just wasting the tax payers money: within 10 days especially after some good rain the public roads will be right back to square one: we dont have the proper equipment to conduct certain works in BVI so we will never get value for money: every election season the dumb muck!!!
  • ... (04/02/2019, 09:14) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now all the roads look mismatched and messy. I'll be thankful that they are paved. How they look will be another case. Still ain't voting you in.
  • VG voter (04/02/2019, 10:28) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Dammed if you DO and Dammed if you DON'T.
  • wake up (04/02/2019, 10:33) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Thank you lord that I can now drive comfortably from my home, church and work without ditching here there and everywhere. Thanks you for protecting us on the road. Thank you for letting out government to consider us and lord I asked you to cover us in the country we love so dear. Let our church no it is time to send WhatsApp’s to all our dying souls on a daily basis and stop killing themselves in this sinful world. We are in end time please for heaven sake win souls for god
  • road dog (04/02/2019, 17:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anyone think the Hon Mark Vanterpool and Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines is looking at this asphalt overlay and going WTF? Think Mark has hauled the Director of PWD , the engineer, construction inspector, contract folks......etc into his office and read them the riot act about this sloopy job? Think he has advised PWD not to certify the invoice for payment on this job until the contractor performed the work consistent with the plans and specifications? Is the inspector on site when the work is being done? Are inspectors taking the temperature of the asphalt and taking sample for analysis? Will the inspector make the contractor mill this sloopy work and redo it, if needed? Or has the work has been done per plans and specifications? Is this just an election photo op? Is it a mirage? Is it an insult to the intelligence of the voters?
  • Sam (05/02/2019, 14:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every one from ndp party need to jail
  • BIG E (05/02/2019, 22:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I come to the BVI every other week I'm still sailing up to Road Town when are they planning to fix WEST END PORT I know people love coming in to the WEST END PORT. I talk with many people up there they say it is all POLITIC and they don't care about the first DISTRICT .But Its not about the LEADER or district It is for the CONTRY and the People who are living there and your VISITORS that come and out . I also was told it is the second busiest PORT In the BVI Will I felt like whoever in if they are RUNNING to be RELECTED PEOPLE NEADED TO VOTE THAT PERSON OUT OF OFFICE .OR US PORT make it so much easier for us to come in and out of RED HOOK .I don't see why Its Taking so long to start something SO many PEOPLE are JUST so TIRED SAILING ALL THE WAY TO TOWN ESPECIALY when living on the NORTH side of the COUNTRY .IT is a SHAME ON THAT PARTY for not doing ANYTHING.ITS ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR YOUR COUNTRY.

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