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‘Mark Vanterpool, have mercy on us!’; Bad roads frustrate residents

November 11th, 2017 | Tags:
A vehicle that was stuck in one of the many potholes in the Territory. Residents of the Virgin Islands are continuing to voice their frustration about the deplorable state of the roads. Photo: Facebook
The VINO story shared on BVI Community Board, which has created an avenue for many to share their views about the Territory's roads. Photo: Facebook
The VINO story shared on BVI Community Board, which has created an avenue for many to share their views about the Territory's roads. Photo: Facebook
A truck that was stuck in a huge pothole in Paraquita Bay, Tortola this week. Photo: Team of Reporters
A truck that was stuck in a huge pothole in Paraquita Bay, Tortola this week. Photo: Team of Reporters
Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) had previously told this news site that government will be focusing on some temporary fixes to some of the road while others will be rebuilt at a later time. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) had previously told this news site that government will be focusing on some temporary fixes to some of the road while others will be rebuilt at a later time. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Residents of the Virgin Islands, especially on Tortola, continue to use their social media platforms to voice their frustration over the deplorable state of the Territory’s roads, a situation that existed even before the floods of August 7, 2017 and hurricanes Irma and Maria back in September.

One Facebook user, a Dick Schoonover, even pleaded with Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) to show “mercy” as he shared to the BVI Community Board a story this news site published on November 9, 2017 about the huge potholes on roads across Tortola.

“Mark Vanterpool, have mercy upon us! Can't we get the road grader (I've seen one on island) to make a sweep twice a week through Sea Cows Bay and from the Queen Elizabeth Park past Prospect Reef to the Slaney roundabout? Maybe from the College to Fat Hog Bob's too? This isn't Rocket Science and we aren't talking about 20 miles of bad road... Just 20 miles of bad road squeezed into a couple hundred yards!,” Mr Schoonover posted on the BVI Community Board’s Facebook page.

'It's depressing'

Many persons sympathised with Mr Schoonover and even offered possible solutions to the problem.

A Chuck Welsh said the Territory needs to contract “a FL paving company to come and assist, work at night under FDOT lights, trench and install proper RCP drainage, recover by 6 am for commerce to flow during the day and at least install proper patching. It could be done in 10 days.”

Debby Catanzaro said: “If they paved these roads properly the first time, they wouldn't wash away every time heavy rains come.”

A Perline George remarked: “It’s depressing every time I get into the car. Fed up had enough. Can't deal.”

And a Lynda Rose said: “Surely, if you want the tourists to return, they need to be able to get around and see the beauty of these Islands, and more importantly, your local transport for vital supplies?”

Meanwhile, a Louis Schwartz said: “The grader was in Sea Cows Bay this a.m. And graded itself into a ditch when I came back from town to his afternoon un be freakin believable mom.....”

And a Steve Davis asked if the politicians are even on island.


“Hmmm I going home In the area of Prospect Reef and got a flat with brand news tires come on please do something with the roads it is unbearable,” a Lily Love commented.

Valerie Georges remarked: “Given the appalling state of the entire road network, they really should consider waiving vehicle license fees for 2018. Actually, pay us to drive on the “roads” man. It’s that serious. And that way we can afford the new shocks and tires that surely will be needed.”

Meanwhile, Hon Vanterpool had previously told this news site that government will be focusing on some temporary fixes to some of the road while others will be rebuilt at a later time.

"We are starting a programme to at least temporarily rehabilitate some of them...and then we have a longer term plan to rebuild a number of them as we have started before, so we are moving in that direction," Hon Vanterpool told this news site.

It seems even the temporary fixes have been too slow in coming.

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28 Responses to “‘Mark Vanterpool, have mercy on us!’; Bad roads frustrate residents”

  • Hmph (11/11/2017, 10:02) Like (48) Dislike (2) Reply
    We are paying the price for all those that insisted that the contracts to build the roads be given to BVIslanders that did not know what they were doing.
  • watcher (11/11/2017, 10:41) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Another reason why ndp must go
  • Tortola (11/11/2017, 11:47) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    So Sad.. This Tortola today is an embarrassment to yesterday's Tortola that was the envy of the Caribbean.. Roads are just one of the many issues...( These Roads are rediculously bad) The lack of services from service providers, the knock about locals and belongers get from foreign employers...No representation... Our politicians are focusing too much on themselves, their businesses and counting their monies.. Hence the reason for non-representation... We need early election. We can't continue this way..
  • Sale sale sale (11/11/2017, 11:54) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Eagle Eye (11/11/2017, 13:32) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ndp could'nt handle the roads before the storms. Is now they will get it done!
  • wize up (11/11/2017, 13:34) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    Ready my "LIPS"; there be will no better roads UNTIL the cruise-ships return: citizens:ALL tax payers & Residents just live with it(its well and good for you to have delapidated street) BUT my administration will not allow the Visitors to this territory to fall in pot-holes( when a visitor falls in a pot hole then it become very bad publicity for this territory: please continue to pay those taxes and relax(once the cruise ship are back!!!)
  • Shortchanged (11/11/2017, 14:00) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    And you know the biggest joke. The roads were deplorable before the Hurricanes
  • faith (11/11/2017, 14:09) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Muffler got ripped off in a pot hole, two tires damaged. I stop driving for now because I am afraid that if I hit another pot hole, my car might end up in a bad accident.
  • Totally agree 100% (11/11/2017, 15:02) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with everyone's comment. My car is barely two years old. Almost every week after the storm I have to pay a mechanic to fix something on my car because of damages the roads is doing to my car.
    • wize up (12/11/2017, 05:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ agree 100%: it's almost 3 months since the hurricanes: in all honesty attempts have been made to fix the road but think the lack of experience in this area have proven itself: again in humbly believe the arm should have allowed remain and offer their expertise BUT we some egotistical leaders not even touching our leader power hungry tactics: road building needs certified engineers NOT because on of your political affiliates can build houses means such person can engineer a highway
  • Windy (11/11/2017, 15:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can't fix that Chinese asphalt plant. About time the govt admits its wasting monies on cheap China products
    • Silk Road (11/11/2017, 19:10) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      But that’s the thing, they bought all the inferior equipment and now they a)either can’t get parts quickly from China or b)the parts are not being produced anymore.Sometimes ppl in charge need to buy equipment from Puerto Rico or the states so parts could be easily accessible. But on a side note the UK military with the help of local crews could of rig up the plant to run I’m sure
    • wize up (12/11/2017, 13:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Wendy: I wish I comment on your blade: but my BVI-Visa soon expire and I can't afford to live in Philadelphia like some other folks( let me leave the Chinese Minister alone)
  • E. Leonard (11/11/2017, 18:37) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    The roads are in a horrible condition and needs to be completely reconstructed. Seal coating or overlaying is a mere temporary action that last until the next heavy rain. The current road conditions provide poor rideability and is punishing/damaging to vehicles, increasing motorists frustration and their operating costs. It will take time and money to totally reconstruct the roads.

    However, until reconstruction occurs, PWD needs to dispatch an army of pothole filling and compacting crews. At some spots, skin patching may be needed. Minimum resources for a pothole crew include a truck, personnel, fill material, shovels, takes, tampers.......etc. PWD may want to invest in a all-in-one pothole patching truck. Riding on somewhat smooth road will definitely boost the spirits of residents, as they toil in rebounding from devasting Irma.
    • E. Leonard (11/11/2017, 22:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Though the asphalt batch plants may be down and not producing hot mix, a good substitute is cold mix. Cold mix does not require heating and can used directly from container. If it is not already in the territory, procured an expedited batch and start filling the potholes. Improving the rideability of roads would definitely boost spirits, morale and reduce vehicle owners operating expenses.
      • NPolitico (12/11/2017, 12:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @E.Leonard, thanks for the contribution. Hope Bummer and the boys at PWD listening. If PWD does not have enough trucks for the army of pothole crews, rent from trucks from the private sector. In any event, let’s get the ball moving; it has been over two months. Even if Irma caught us flatfotted, by now we should seen some light on the road in regards to temporary pothole patching. All we hearing is bunch of excuses, excuses. Dis down, dat down.......etc. Though true, there alternate ways of easing residents stress and strain. Common MCW, PWD. The Premier needs to be demanding more. This isn’t government finest hour. True leadership normally come front and center during a crisis.

  • Sick (11/11/2017, 19:09) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where the hell is the governor???? Who going save the bvi from these usless politicians???
  • not only (11/11/2017, 20:44) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Come on Mark, you don't have to foot the bill for the damages to our vehicles. Having a car fix is expensive. Right now I am paying of the bill for my car, the finance company don't want to hear about bad roads. Just asking, can I forward my bill to you for the damages that the roads is doing to my car?
  • Hmmm (11/11/2017, 21:05) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    I come to realize you all don't understand the impact of a category 5 hurricane.... Everyday the government is being blame for petty s%#t... How about getting you all lazy born here children to assist with the rebuilding of the country. It have only been two months... These things take time... The man power is limited
  • vex (11/11/2017, 21:08) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Its clear that mark vanterpool has failed in his duties, give the damn ministry to Marlon or Mitchell.

    Stop the games and the suffering
  • the void (12/11/2017, 07:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The depraved indifference of this government in the wake of Irma is directly responsible for one pothole/sinkhole death. These holes and the damage to our roads is more than the non-backhoe owning average citizen can repair. Most of the cleanup work I see being done on our roads IS by private citizens; I have seen public works crews clearing the roadside twice in two weeks.

    It is only common sense that regular temporary road maintenance must be scheduled until the rebuilding of the road beds can commence. While our government exhorts residents to assist in rebuilding, I see no attempts being made to facilitate us on this most basic level.
  • ... (12/11/2017, 15:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Saw the grader there by the pub what's up with all thoes rocks in the ROAD?

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