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Portions of Lee Road on VG remain deplorable

The state of Lee Road on Virgin Gorda on February 17, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
A stretch of Lee Road on Virgin Gorda riddled with potholes. Photo: Team of Reporters
A stretch of Lee Road on Virgin Gorda riddled with potholes. Photo: Team of Reporters
Concrete blocks placed on the side of a portion of Lee Road on Virgin Gorda to prevent water from further damaging the road. Photo: Team of Reporters
Concrete blocks placed on the side of a portion of Lee Road on Virgin Gorda to prevent water from further damaging the road. Photo: Team of Reporters
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Over the past months, many media articles and social network posts have appeared about the poor roads on Tortola, many with gigantic potholes, pools of muddy water and many vehicles have been stuck in the potholes from East End to West End.

Well many of the sister islands are facing much of the same issues. Our roving camera was in Virgin Gorda (VG) on Friday February 16, 2018 and noted that portions of Lee Road is in a deplorable condition.

There are big muddy potholes, water running on the road and many automobiles dodging water, mud, and debris.

The situation has gotten so bad that cement blocks were placed in the area to divert the water that runs along the road and which has contributed to the conditions.

One VG resident told our newsroom that the Public Works Department (PWD), on occasions, do come by to try and fill up the potholes.

Where is the money?

Even before Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Territory’s infrastructure has been bad, although the Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) is said to have spent some 12 Million plus on roads. It was Just over a year ago that Hon Vanterpool disclosed in the House of Assembly of December 2016 that his Ministry spent $12.3 as of November 31, 2016 on road works, leaving a balance of $3.7 in the loan fund of the $16 million borrowed from the Social Security Board in April 2015.

Following the hurricanes of September 2017 things have gotten even worse and with constant allegations that the National Democratic Party (NDP) led by the 73 year old Premier, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) left the country broke, it remains unclear when the public will see improvements in the road networks outside of some short term patching or asphalt been thrown on roads once the public and civil society complain.

15 Responses to “Portions of Lee Road on VG remain deplorable”

  • just asking... (18/02/2018, 14:31) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    where is Burtee?
    • Me (19/02/2018, 21:05) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Stop being sarcastic did Burtee as u spelt his name,created this?I do agree that he should be a bit more proactive to these situations.Then again what did the developers had in mind.
  • Diplomat (18/02/2018, 14:32) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    The 43 miles of improved road network in the BVI was in a horrible condition before the historic 07 August flood, Hurricanes Irma and Maria; they are now in a deplorable condition. The approx $12M of borrowed money spent on road improvement gone down a rat hole. But taxpayers still have to repay loan and nothing tangible but frustration. The BVI needs a serious and comprehensive overhaul of its road design, conatruction and maintenance process. Its current process is severely lacking. It cannot continue to fling good money after bad. Taxpayers are at their wits end with the horrible and deploarbe road design, construction and maintenance. Clearly, there is a local dearth of experience in road construction and maintenance. We need to keep the money local but if locals lacks experience we may need to look elsewhere. Government cannot continue to ra....e and defraud taxpayers. Taxpayers need to get value for money; they are not getting it now.
  • i am convinced (18/02/2018, 15:35) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    These people are incapable a building a proper road do people keep their jobs with this level of incompetence???
  • sam the man (18/02/2018, 15:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The PS in works should be surcharge for wasting so much money and nothing to show. However, A surcharge alone will not accomplish these goals we need a new election and before that a Cabinet reshuffle
    • Mr. Grumpy (19/02/2018, 11:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      It is ridiculous how extremely poor MCW has been run. It ihas been an underperforming ministry for years now. Even telecomms is piss-poor. Surcharge you say - lmao. Those guys busy working for themselves - literally. Sometimes we blame the engineers- but look around; politricks rears its’ head and mucks things up. Where does the BVI go from here - we are already Pothole Paradise...that’s Nature’s Little Secret...
  • Josiahsbay (18/02/2018, 16:45) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is why I'm thoroughly convinced some of the more resourceful districts should have more autonomy. If they can produce a product that generate revenue they should do so . It will give central government some relief in times of an emergency. If sucessful they can take care of a larger percentage of their needs. It won't be another layer of government but a separate one paid for from the generated revenue from that district.
    • NezRez (18/02/2018, 21:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @josiahsbay, you are so right. If the each district had another way to generate income from other resources, we would have emergency money, but finding an honest group to manage the money is another thing. Hoping each district can form their own groups would take the strain off the government and we would be self sufficient. Anything right now is worth a serious try.
  • vex (18/02/2018, 17:58) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark is no longer the action man more like the talker man
  • Fraud (18/02/2018, 22:05) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is fairly easy to cost out what road should be per mile and the work out whether we are getting proper value for money. The difference is the backhanders or fraud element. There are this country and beyond to report fraud if is is done in a British overseas territory or using US dollars (like fifa and recently Venezuela)
  • SAD! (19/02/2018, 05:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have to say that I am amazed......there were issues with this road from when I was a child ! Some thirty odd years, and still to this day no resolution! How is this possible!
    • @ Sad (19/02/2018, 08:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well ndp promised to fix it I guess when bvi airways fly it will be fixed
  • rob (19/02/2018, 11:42) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The article failed to mention that it’s not just water flowing across the vgorda road trying to find the wetland that once existed on the other side , but by the stink it is obviously sewerage . People,including many school kids, have to walk along that stretch wondering how to navigate the now deepening pot holes and mucky stinky mess. It’s Unacceptable.
  • native (19/02/2018, 17:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pls.this section of road is nature showing who's in charge.Don't be foolhardy like the stretch from Sol/Catholic centre.The contractor/Engineer(s) were all out of wack that why that area is a disaster.The intended area next to Fischers Cove leading to the Baths should not have to come to this.It's a matter of no vision no concern no respect and a don't care community effort

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