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SCB ‘Elevator Hill’ to be resurfaced, Road remains danger zone

One of the most dangerous roads on Tortola, located in the area of the Guard House/Threadfall will be resurfaced as early as next week, according to the Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) three weeks old Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration. Photo: VINO
In a public notice, the government announced that road works will be commencing from
In a public notice, the government announced that road works will be commencing from "Wednesday 20, 2019, to Sunday, March 24, 2019, where the existing spilt concert will be removed and the road resurfaced”. Photo: GIS
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - One of the most dangerous roads on Tortola, located in the area of the Guard House/Threadfall will be resurfaced as early as next week, according to the Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) three weeks old Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration.

The road, which is referred to as ‘Elevator Hill’ is one of the steepest and most dangerous roads on the island and has been the cause of many accidents, trucks turning over and drivers having to jump from automobiles to save their lives.

Action speaks louder

In a public notice, the government announced that road works will be commencing from "Wednesday 20, 2019, to Sunday, March 24, 2019, where the existing spilt concert will be removed and the road resurfaced”.

The work will be taking place under the Ministry of Transportation, Works and Utilities, headed by Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) who has since made the road a priority.

The Third district representative Hon Julian Fraser RA raised the road issues at the first sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) on March 12, 2019, describing it as an “accident waiting to happen.”

Over the past 8 years, he has also blamed the National Democratic Party (NDP) regime for ignoring his district.

15 Responses to “SCB ‘Elevator Hill’ to be resurfaced, Road remains danger zone”

  • Xxx (20/03/2019, 14:34) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Death trap is joke
  • Sassy (20/03/2019, 14:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you! I am truly grateful.
  • NICK (20/03/2019, 15:13) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    concrete trucks should not be allow to use this road.
  • ccc (20/03/2019, 16:35) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Clap clap to a change of government
  • SCB (20/03/2019, 16:50) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hope the concrete company that had a lot to do with the road condition absorbing most of the cost the to repair the road
  • got it (20/03/2019, 19:18) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good job kye
  • Singer (20/03/2019, 20:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sounds like an opera with the "split concert" and the "accent waiting to happen"... However 'scary hill' does need help, so great news!
  • voter (20/03/2019, 21:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    See this is why we change government now things are staying to happened
  • driver (21/03/2019, 04:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The section of the highway that adjoins the said road needs to be reconstructed in concrete only with a dip so as to allow water from the steep road to run off freely without compromising the highway road. A filter of some sort can be installed on the sea side of the highway to trap sediments that would be harmful to mangrove. Elevated Sidewalks on the seaside create water traps which help destroy the roads.
  • Politico Nuevo (21/03/2019, 07:45) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    The road has been nicknamed “Elevator” road for a reason. It is probably one of the steepest and dangerous roads on Tortola, if not the territory. It is in a state of disrepair and deterioration so resurfacing in the short term is needed to improve safety and improve ride/use quality. In the longer term, the road needs to be redesigned and reconstructed. Furthermore, the whole BVI road network needs to redesigned and reconstructed.
  • school children say (21/03/2019, 08:49) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Only being fixed because the speaker has a house in the area
  • Death Trap (21/03/2019, 16:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just came back to this story for a second time today. Look at that road...smh.
  • E.Leonard (21/03/2019, 22:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Driving up or down Elevator Hill seemed not to be for the weak of heart. However, if you live off the route, though it is steep, it may be convenient to use it. In regards to the repair project and if the road is in a failed condition, the resurfacing project though bringing temporary relief to the long suffering users is only a temporary fix. As the civil engineering (transportation) folks know, the fix for a failed road is full reconstruction, ie, removing and replacing the surface, base, and subbase (if applicable) courses down to the subgrade. The subgrade should be stabilized if needed.

    Moreover, the BVI is comprise of a hilly terrain. Roads in the BVI are relatively steep. Constructing roads in hilly terrain should be as moderatively sloped as practical. Moderately slope roads are safer and easier to operate on. Steep slopes are tough on transmission and brakes, posing dangerous conditions. Constructed roads in hilly terrain are typically long and winding to attain moderate slopes. In addition to choosing a moderate route, roads in hilly terrain typically goes around (not straight up) or cutting thru the hill. A long term project for the BVI road network is to may be redesign and reconstruct it. It will be a challenging, costly,inconveniencing……etc but a needed project.


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