Residents grow more and more weary of dodging potholes on Central Abaco’s main roads – Don MacKay Blvd. and Elizabeth Drive which joins into Bay Street – as after every rain shower the size and quantify of holes to avoid.
During a drive through of these roads on September 12, significant (more that twelve inches wide and at least one inch deep) potholes numbered close to 100 and several areas had large clusters that required vehicles to slow significantly or switch lanes to avoid.
There were a few potholes that measured between three to six inches deep with the deepest pothole located just south of Quality Star Service Station on Don MacKay Blvd. The largest pothole in terms of area is at the junction of Sweeting Village Road and Don MacKay where at its widest it measured about five and a half feet and is over seven feet long.
At a recent Central Abaco District Council meeting at the end of August members discussed the problems with road maintenance and that the Ministry of Works in Marsh Harbour had been lacking the necessary patch material to repair these holes, only receiving two pallets of patch from Nassau in July.
About 1700 dollars’ worth of patch material paid for by the Marsh Harbour Town Committee was supposed to have been made available to the Ministry of Works; however, repairs have yet to be carried out.
In the past several weeks there have been a large number of days with some rainfall which makes it difficult to keep up with the maintenance but the situation, as far as many locals are concerned, is dire and needs to be addressed right away.