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Gov't owes asphalt company $$; Reason for bad roads- Hon Vanterpool

Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), Minister for Communication and Works, admitted that there is no asphalt available to address the road issues because the government owes the asphalt vendor money. Photo: VINO/File
A truck that was stuck in a huge pothole in Paraquita Bay, Tortola before it was temporarily filled with stones. Photo: Team of Reporters
A truck that was stuck in a huge pothole in Paraquita Bay, Tortola before it was temporarily filled with stones. Photo: Team of Reporters
Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Third District Representative (left), stated that payments cannot be made to the asphalt company unless Dr The D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, provides the funds that are needed. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Third District Representative (left), stated that payments cannot be made to the asphalt company unless Dr The D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, provides the funds that are needed. Photo: VINO/File
There are many deplorable roads throughout the territory. Photo: VINO/File
There are many deplorable roads throughout the territory. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Residents have been complaining about the longstanding issue of bad roads throughout the territory and with the passage of the hurricanes in September 2017, they have gotten worse, causing damages to persons vehicles and even causing accidents.

During the Question and Answer Segment of the Third Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly on March 22, 2018, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), Minister for Communication and Works, admitted that there is no asphalt available to address the road issues because the government owes the asphalt vendor money.

Honourable Julian Fraser, Third District Representative, posing the question said, “Could the Minister for Communication and Works tell the Honourable House whether a failure on the government’s part to compensate the vendor for asphalt used on government roads is the reason there is no asphalt being laid on the main road from West End to East End?”

In response, Hon Vanterpool stated that asphalt has not been supplied to the government for at least two weeks because they are settling some outstanding amount to be paid to the vendor.

“The government owes to the present vendor $622, 440 as the outstanding amount and the last payment made was on March 16, 2018, for $85, 600. There is a payment being processed now for $180,720 to be paid on March 23, 2018, and another payment that is being processed, $90, 720,” explained Hon Vanterpool.

In addition, Hon Vanterpool mentioned that in early January or February, the only asphalt plant on island was not operating after hurricane Irma and Maria but has recently been repaired and provided asphalt to the government for a certain time; however, there was an issue where oil was not available on the island to operate the plant.

“Minister for communication & works is helpless”- Hon Fraser

Meanwhile, Hon Fraser pointed out that the Minister for Communication and Works cannot do anything unless he receives the money from Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, while questioning if he received enough money to make the payments to the vendor.

He also questioned whether after full payment is received government will be guaranteed the asphalt from the vendor.

Hon Vanterpool responded, “We have been working closely with the Ministry of Finance to fund the payment to the vendor. Payment is being processed for full payment and asphalt is being promised when full payment is received.”

14 Responses to “Gov't owes asphalt company $$; Reason for bad roads- Hon Vanterpool”

  • big question (23/03/2018, 16:49) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the 16 million dollars that we borrowed from social security shortly before election???
  • white head (23/03/2018, 16:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Didn't that save vendor just give public work 1mil to buy an asphalt plant ?
  • again (23/03/2018, 16:51) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where are the asphalt equipment that we spent millions for?
  • jokers (23/03/2018, 17:12) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Set of jokes, all of them.
  • Just woke. (23/03/2018, 17:14) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mark you are willing and trying but please take your time and put the Asphalt down properly. Not put it down then little Rain and its up..
  • E. Leonard (23/03/2018, 19:42) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Roads and ferries are the prime transportation modes of inter-island transporting of people and goods. Good roads are critical for economic growth, development and sustainability and for maintaining a high standard of living and quality of life. Good roads are also a key factor in being 1st World. How can good roads be attained and maintained?

    To deliver good roads to transport people and goods, they have to be properly designed, constructed, maintained, reconstructed........etc. A major design, construction and maintenance weakness is poor drainage; poor drainage is one of the major cause of premature road failure and needs focus. Another focus is maintenance, poor maintenance.

    Assuming that roads are properly designed and constructed and to get the design life from them, they have to be properly maintained. A properly maintained road has many benefits, including 1) retarding deterioration, 1) extending road life, 3) preventing road mishaps, 4) reducing pothole dodging, 5) providing a more aesthetically pleasing infrastructure, 6) reducing rehabilitation and reconstruction cost, 7) reducing vehicle/equipment owners’ operating cost and 8) improving and maintaining rideability(serviceability). What does good maintenance entails?

    Good road maintenance includes 1) low cost and timely preventative maintenance,i.e., seal coating, crack sealing, and overlaying, 2) pot hole patching and repair and 3) proper and timely drainage maintenance/repair. The lack of quality and quantity asphalt availability and payment I will leave to others on the ground at the 30’ level. Quality road reconstruction though is critical to fully reviving the tourism industry, a critical economic pillar. Though tourism does not generate as much government revenue as financial services, it employs more people, i.e., direct and indirect.

    • E. Leonard (24/03/2018, 07:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      .............addition. Roads have definite lives and even with the best maintenance and repair they will have to be reconstructed. Every annual budget should include money to reconstruct/construct X-miles of roads, particularly roads that are nearing the end of their lifecycles. Some other locales have several different road classifications and use, limiting equipment operation on some roads. The territory at most may have two road classifications——-collector and local/domestic. Further, the roads are multi-use; they are used by automobiles, trucks, light equipment and heavy equipment. Heavy equipment contribute and accelerate the premature road failure. For example, studies have indicated that one (1) pass of a heavy garbage/refuse truck equates to approximately 1,000 automobile passes. Consequently, roads need to be designed to safely carry the heaviest load that will use them. No doubt, this will increase the construct cost per mile of road. But over the lifecycle of the road, cost savings and cost avoidance can be realized, ie, maintenance and repair, operational cost, extended reconstruction time, improved rideability.........etc.
  • Reality check (23/03/2018, 22:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    and there is a question on having the UK ask for accountability as part of the loan process? Seriously? Has any party in office properly handled any of these recurring issues here and really put the good of their people environment self-sustaining practices. I am sure this list can be added to by many. Time to have a government that for the people, and for the protection our beautiful natural beauty in all it's forms here.
  • Sky (24/03/2018, 07:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I said I wasn't voting next election but I change my mind, something must be done, and I want my vote to count, I am a young adult and don't like to see how the govt is running, hope to see some fresh faces coming forward.
  • Jaigon Jumbie (24/03/2018, 13:14) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    When he was down there by the pier park over spending millions and at the same time enriching himself, he didn’t know there will be a rainy day. Jail every last one of them
  • WTF (24/03/2018, 15:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The $7.2 million dollars wasted on an airline that never found it's wings, will go a long way.
  • Queef (25/03/2018, 13:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happened to the asphalt equipment the government bought from the Chinese ?
  • de silent one (25/03/2018, 15:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its time for the Government to stop putting monies in the pockets of their cronies when dealing with important projects, and get away from this "local" or "from here" concept. Give the contract to people that knows how to do the work properly for the monies spent.
  • WTF (27/03/2018, 11:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark Vanterpool is shameless. Where is the $16 million dollars that was borrowed to fix the roads??? What you Morons did with that money? The roads were never fixed, and now this J.S is saying the roads are not fixed because the vendors are owed too much money? Why aren't these people in jail?


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