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UPDATE: Brandywine Bay ‘stovehole’ patched up

January 8th, 2018 | Tags: pothole stove Brandywine Bay hazard danger
A before and after photo of the road parallel to the Brandywine Bay Beach on Tortola. Photo: VINO
The pothole filled with a stove at Brandywine Bay, Tortola. Photo: Facebook
The pothole filled with a stove at Brandywine Bay, Tortola. Photo: Facebook
A before and after photo of the road close to the West End Ferry Dock on Tortola. Photo: VINO
A before and after photo of the road close to the West End Ferry Dock on Tortola. Photo: VINO
BRANDYWINE BAY, Tortola, VI- A day after this news site reported there was a pothole, or “stovehole” as some referred to it, so big on the road at Brandywine Bay, Tortola, that someone placed a whole stove in it to alert motorists of the danger, the hole has been patched up.

The pothole, which reportedly existed since before Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 but had widened since, was filled yesterday, January 7, 2018.

It is unclear whether the work was done by Public Works Department (PWD) or a private citizen.

Regardless, motorists will now feel safe traversing that stretch of road.

It was on December 28, 2017 that this newsroom reported about a huge pothole on the main road near the West End Ferry Terminal. The pothole was subsequently patched up.

See previous article published January 6, 2018

Dangerous 'stove filled' pothole @ Brandywine Bay

It was on December 28, 2017 that this newsroom reported about a gigantic pothole on a stretch of road close to the West End Ferry Terminal. The pothole has since been patched up; however, another dangerous pothole has opened up, this time in the Brandywine Bay area on the main island of Tortola.

The pothole is so huge that someone placed a whole stove into it to alert unsuspecting drivers about the danger on the roadway.

A photo of the stove in the pothole is currently trending on the BVI Community Board after being posted by a Mike Adamson yesterday, January 5, 2017. Some 195 persons have liked the photo, 58 have shared and 23 comments were made at the time of publication.

The pothole has opened up along the stretch of road adjacent to the beach. There are also a traffic barrel and a piece of old branch in the opening.

It is particulary dangerous at nights when visibility is poor due to the lack of street lights.

The public will be waiting to see how soon Public Works Department will address this hazard on the road which cruise ship tourists are now taken on en route to Long Bay Beach on Beef Island.

37 Responses to “UPDATE: Brandywine Bay ‘stovehole’ patched up”

  • VINO (06/01/2018, 10:24) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    This hole has been there since the hurricane, and it has gotten bigger, so big know that a stove can fit in it. That hole is going to kill oncoming motorists and then government will not want to take the blame for that person (s) death god forbid, but when you have a reckless and careless government things like these happen may GOD save us all.
  • cay (06/01/2018, 10:27) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    it is clear that Mark has failed the people after Hurricanes Irma and Maria
  • Windy (06/01/2018, 10:28) Like (21) Dislike (16) Reply
    Maybe if whites were coming to Dr Pico useless beach the pothole would have been fixed
    • Blackie (06/01/2018, 11:13) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
      Actually if the "whites" dont come there wouldn't be money to fix that and other "holes" down there.
  • Rhatid (06/01/2018, 11:31) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    You mean to tell me that there is no leadership in PWD. cannot someone there organize weekly patrols of the major roads to at least patch some of the bad areas. Let me outline a simple plan. every Wednesday and Thursday you organize a group of workmen a Roller, a tractor and a truck load od gravel/asphalt. Start with Town to East End and patch out the bad spots. The following week go from Town to West End. Then Town to cane garden Bay. Then Fahie hill road. Then Bellveue and don't forget around Town and surrounding areas. In six short weeks we would all be proud of the PWD and our roads. then after that you can look at the long tern rehabilitation of our road because some of them needs major reconstruction and the majority of them needs to be lifted and proper drainage put in place. Lets start some where PWD. But you cannot continue as you have been doing.
    • Eagle and Buffalo (06/01/2018, 13:50) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Rhatid, approve the message. It is poor performance, gross negligence by the MCW and PWD. PWD is a poor performing department. The NDP cannot have a high level of confidence in it when it cannot even effectively manage a pot hole repair programme.

      It is not that complicated. Pot hole crews can be easily assembled and deployed through out the island/territory on a daily basis. Resources needed: truck, saw, shovel, picks, brooms, traffic cones, hot/cold mix, blower, compactor, 3 man crew(including driver). C’mon Action Man and Bummer. This situation is a national embrassment; it makes poor 3rd World countries look 1st World. The whole world is watching and having a hearty laugh. Premier needs to weigh in on this urgently and take the needed action. The BVI image is being tattered; it is poor optics.

      Let’s lead like eagles, not careen off the cliff like buffaloes.
    • See (07/01/2018, 08:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thank u thank u thank u . Its not rocket science .
  • ... (06/01/2018, 11:31) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    so Gus’s what? they will fix it now after this article
    • Marie (07/01/2018, 11:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, and this is why VINO is needed to alert the public and government as our safety is at stake. We shouldn’t have to embarrass them to keep us safe.
  • Mat Cauthon (06/01/2018, 13:03) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice to see all the tourists populating the beach at Brandywine Bay. Probably flew in direct from Miami on BVI Airways.
    • @Mat Cauthon (06/01/2018, 16:50) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Tourist. where? How would they stop the Itching? Ok. I understand your proverb.
  • rain (06/01/2018, 14:48) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unfortunately, only when someone has to end up being hurt or lost their life driving on it then and only then the Politicians will do some thing about it. Yes by attending the funeral so sad.
  • Exposed (06/01/2018, 15:22) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    With the exposure on FB and news it will be addressed in a flash. That's the power of free speech. When you call out this government they like to go on the defensive. How come they haven't run to make a public rebuttle as they seem always to be quick to do. Yeah we're open for business and this would be a tourists best momento
  • Street reporter (06/01/2018, 16:46) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is more evidence of a failing deputy.. Agriculture... Labour... Strupes. Failure after Failure..To add to the failure he and his people Drove this road for Months..
  • island man (06/01/2018, 18:00) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can one of the able contractors with heavy duty trucks assist with some temporary measure. Maybe a large heavy metal sheet as a bridge.
    The big trucks are also contributing to the destruction therefore they should give back also.
  • just asking... (06/01/2018, 19:07) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if I can use that stove to cook with?
  • Tiss (06/01/2018, 20:24) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    There is a culvert there that was compromised. It's not a typical pot hole and will require some planning and road closure. Then you will all complain some more
  • NezRez (06/01/2018, 22:16) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Everyday, coming from east end to town is living HELL! I am so sore from swaying back and forth and being jammed down in these holes that my back has been aching terribly. This Brandywine pothole has been there for 4 months and there was a reflector tub in it, now a stove. I cannot understand how our politicians who travel these same roads, especially in long look, cannot be outraged about these death trap roads. I am Sore and SORE.
  • justsayin (07/01/2018, 03:23) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    who you callen white ,took a long time to get this tan
  • Portland (07/01/2018, 06:31) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Tell the representative to fill it.
  • Truth B told (07/01/2018, 06:38) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need a government that cares!!that have a backbones!!!!!
    Time for fresh faces, new ideas, and those that will keep campaign promises. Voters need to stop putting these people back in office just because they build your walk, psve your driveway, give you $40..
  • it only shows (07/01/2018, 09:08) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    how creative our people are and how we can in times of crises and helpful in what way ever to help in times of trouble and need and for our own safety. think of the resources at hand especially at this time. Grateful grateful grateful
  • oo (07/01/2018, 10:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’m sure the Minister for that district traversed that road at least one time recently
  • Sawda (07/01/2018, 11:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    If it was near my grocery store it would be fixed long time..But what will happen to the people driving to the every two week sale ,they will not make it..Thinking with their A&&& not their heads...By the way two NDP ministers is driving from East every day they should scream at the minister for the safety of their voters..SMFH..LAME Ducks...
  • Resident (Brandywine Bay) (07/01/2018, 12:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    That is like that for months now. Non one can tell me that All of the district ministers who are living on the eastern side have not seen that, but like everything else they put a blind eye to. Only when someone loses their life there is when they will do something about it.
  • rush (07/01/2018, 20:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    It got fix now
  • White westing home (08/01/2018, 09:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Took a piece of appliance and the Media to get a hole fix where the politicians and engineers from public works drive daily.
  • johnny (08/01/2018, 09:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They can't fix the small things with out being force too,thanks to the media..How will the Government fix the Big Things?Enquiring minds will like to know..
  • Diaspora (08/01/2018, 09:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    VINO, great work. VINO, since the MCW and PWD are underperforming and failing to protect public health, safety and general welfare of motorists and pedestrians and for the public good, you need to despatch daily pothole inspection teams and post the findings. Your postings seem to be the only how PWD respond..
  • We have got to do better! (08/01/2018, 09:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sooooo after allllllll the time that the hole was there without the stove it couldn't be fixed?? Did it take a viral picture for it to be repaired?? Sigh we have got to do better
  • Truth (08/01/2018, 11:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have a bunch of incompetent people as senior officers in government but it's fine because they're locals and they're our family/friends. We hide behind the ministers and govt in power and will never put the blame where it needs to be so there we have it. We need to start hiring senior officers on contracts with deliverables attached, if you don't deliver in accordance with the scope of your contract, you're terminated.
  • jah know (08/01/2018, 11:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    what about the rest of East End now?
  • light (08/01/2018, 19:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now how about fixing the light on Road Town before there is an headon collision.
  • east end (09/01/2018, 22:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    East End road from the bridge to Paraquita Bay is a serious DEATH TRAP!!! We who have to travel daily are shaken to the core. I love my island, but I really hate this s*it. By the time you get to town, you don’t want to make the trip back home. I know who I am not voting back in come next election. This suck suck suck!!!



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