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Motorists, residents outraged with high-day road closure in SCB

The closure of the road between Manuel Reef and Ebenezer Thomas Primary School in Sea Cows Bay today, October 28, 2016 has not gone down well with motorists and some residents of Sea Cows Bay who said it was poor timing to close the road on a busy month-end Friday. Photo: VINO
The road will be closed until Monday October 31, 2016. Photo: VINO
The road will be closed until Monday October 31, 2016. Photo: VINO
Road works in Sea Cows Bay have been ongoing for almost three months. Photo: VINO
Road works in Sea Cows Bay have been ongoing for almost three months. Photo: VINO
Dust, lack of access and wear and tear on vehicles have been some of the complaints of motorists regarding road works in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO
Dust, lack of access and wear and tear on vehicles have been some of the complaints of motorists regarding road works in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The unfinished road work in the Sea Cows Bay area of Tortola has been ongoing for almost three months.

Many residents living immediately in the area between the Manuel Reef Marina and the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School have long complained about the severe inconvenience of dust, noise, and wear and tear on automobiles as a result of the unfinished roads.

Many residents and businesses in the area have had to shut their doors because of the noise, dust and lack of traffic access.

Road Closure today

Today, October 28, 2016 the Ministry of Communications and Works, along with the Public Works Department, closed major portions of the road on a busy Friday to resume road works.

It caused many traffic delays, major inconvenience and the flair up of dust for residents and businesses in the area.

Many motorists, parents of students at the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School (ETPS), pedestrians and businesses have blasted this as poor judgement and careless disregard for the public by closing a road in the middle of the day on a busy end of the Month Friday.

Some students at the ETPS, who suffer from asthma, have reportedly experienced discomfort; however, our newsroom cannot confirm those reports.

Later this evening there is also a major sporting event, a championship basketball game at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom in the route of the road closure.

Many residents have spoken out, claiming that the current government cares little about people and make decisions based on their own self-interest.

At a public meeting last week, Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA, voiced concern that his district was being punished by the ruling National Democratic Party Government because they voted for him.

He also accused the Government of denying his district a reliable supply of potable water for months.

Road closed until Monday Oct 31

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Mr Anthony S. McMaster could not immediately be reached for comment; however, a Government Information Service notice issued on October 27, 2016 stated that the road in question will be “fully closed for road paving from Friday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, October 31 at 9:00 a.m.”

It said during the weekend closure, motorists driving to and from the western end of Tortola are advised to take alternate routes over the hill as there will be no ‘through’ traffic in the area. The recommended alternate route is the Paul P. Wattley Road into Georges Hallow near Ebenezer Thomas Primary School.

22 Responses to “Motorists, residents outraged with high-day road closure in SCB”

  • wize up (28/10/2016, 19:33) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply

    can you say the height of £$%^: whatever happen to doing such projects from midnight to around 5AM: we now live in 2016 but some of us conducting business like back in the 60s....put down floodlights and do the work while traffic is was pure drama(bull$it).....we can do better than this

  • west (28/10/2016, 19:48) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
  • THINK! (28/10/2016, 20:43) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    The road that goes up by the Methodist church in Sea Cow's Bay is almost as bad as the one they are fixing. Why would you send people up a road that is not paved on the up side and it has loose dirt and it is raining. It is not safe.
  • Harzadous road (28/10/2016, 21:13) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    The alternative route was quite harzadous to some drivers as it posed a danger and risks due to the wet black tar-like pebbles on large portions of the road overlooking the bare exposed cliff. For a moment my car started to skid and I feared I was in mortal danger of loosing my life.
  • love for country (28/10/2016, 21:19) Like (11) Dislike (21) Reply
    I am tired of people complaining for every damn thing! The road need fixing badly and to get it done, PWD had to close the road. What is wrong with that? Which do we prefer? A messed up road with dirt flying all the place for months or to get it fixed now? We need to stop the childish complaining!
    • Love country also (29/10/2016, 06:37) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
      It is not about complaining too much, if you are going to close the road make sure that the alternative road is road worthy that is all we ask give common sense a chance please
    • wise up (29/10/2016, 08:04) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      U sound so stupid all the people are say is on a Friday what happens to midnight -5:00am ,further u are siding for them to take 3 months to fix a small piece of road bu.....s......t
      • wize up (29/10/2016, 11:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ wise up: 3 month is joke; that project began just before the last election; May 2015 and almost 2017 and not completed
  • dog (28/10/2016, 22:12) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    They do not give a dam about real people
  • dog (28/10/2016, 23:05) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    what about emergency vehicles? basic 101 when it comes to public safety. work one lane at a time like other organized
  • Nice (28/10/2016, 23:36) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    Why complain? It is possible to get around and over the Island in minutes?!? It was accurately and correctly reported by this news site that, the 3rd district is forgotten about. Now, they are fixing the road people are complaining, tell me how else it will get down, if the Gov't can't pay the workers for night work, or simply put they don't want to work when they could be at home getting their beauty sleep.
  • Calm Down... (29/10/2016, 04:42) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I drove on that toad last week and the dust that was flying reduced visibility tremendously and made me concerned for the residents of the immediate area and the people that must travel that route often. The road closure is a major one off inconvenience to gain not only a better road but healthier environment for the people around. I just hope this rainy weekend doesn't prevent them from getting the road paved so there will be no further need for disruption.
  • Yes (29/10/2016, 11:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Heard the esteem lives around there maybe the NDP trying to dust him out LOL
  • Pressure Buss Pipe (29/10/2016, 15:18) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    this is a mess just goes to show the incompetence of the PWD and this government
  • jus amazing (29/10/2016, 16:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    just amazing how some of us tortalian as well as others just like to complaint unnecessarily you all need to stop no matter what you do they complaining , yea i no its inconvenience, people just ain't have any patient , i mean come on ,fixing it better they complain, leaving it like how it was they still would complain ,do nothing they complain,, doing complaint help us Jesus .
  • Don't Worry Be Happy (29/10/2016, 17:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its going to be ok. They will finish it up, and then tear it up all over again. It is a way of life, like karma.
  • Foolishness (29/10/2016, 20:02) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    When there is an alternative route it is mandatory that those who say they have the expertise. Minister of communication put people in place to come up with the most brilliant ideas. But it seems like some gorn to sleep. How can you direct drivers to a road you haven't properly prepared to endanger people's lives. Prepare a proper road then close off the one you will be working on. This ministry is not proactive sorry to say and still live in the old time days. All over the world people work at nights when its more cool and less traffic. Fix the alternative route first. Less head Akes keep people safe. I guess they will do the same for six weeks in brandywine bay and east end. Send you hope hill road to and from town. Big hole in road for years and months.if not careful one would go over the hillside including the loose rail, sad to say our priorities are in the wrong place people lives matter. I know I will get a lashing for this but we can do a lot better.
  • think (31/10/2016, 11:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well stay home then

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