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During a contract signing at the Government Complex on May 27, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works, Philip Brave Davis took time to address the numerous complaints concerning road works in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Davis said that “complaints have reached me but our engineers are satisfied with the quality of work.”

Public Outcry Grows Over Road Works: Minister Addresses Situation

Central Abaco residents are growing increasingly upset about the conditions of the roads through town and the shoddy work being done.
Central Abaco residents are growing increasingly upset about the conditions of the roads through town and the shoddy work being done.

During a contract signing at the Government Complex on May 27, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works, Philip Brave Davis took time to address the numerous complaints concerning road works in Marsh Harbour.

Mr. Davis said that “complaints have reached me but our engineers are satisfied with the quality of work.”

He added that what is being observed that has contributed to a number of the complaints “is basically that the roads, when repaired, haven’t be allowed to cure and because people are driving over it [as well as] the inordinate rain in recent times.”

He noted that the original contract called for sand seal which he said has now been corrected to asphalt.

“We did get the complaints. They were addressed and now engineers are working assiduously so that the quality of work is what is deserving of Abaconians,” he said.

When asked if “black top” is being considered for the main road through Marsh Harbour to the Crossing he said it is being considered in the future but no timeline of when was given.

What residents are saying about the road works

We are so not getting value for our money – D

The bypass road is beautiful, unlike this other shabby work on the main roads through the town. – C

No value for our money!! Going from the BEC corner to the new round about feels like riding on a wash board. Driving on the road by Charlie Boo corner you cannot drive with your windows open as you would choke to death and pray that no one is in front as there is nothing but a dust cloud. It is disgraceful that Simmons was given the contract to do this work and they do not seem to have any experience with road works!  – L

The government and Simmons should be totally embarrassed at the condition they have put Abaco in….Tourist walking the streets is either choking to death or being splashed from mud… and I won’t even talk for the local people who have waited long enough for good roads to end up with this garbage… shame, shame, shame. – L

Mr. Simmons needs to be let go and pay back the money he got from the Government. Why does the government give all the contracts to people other than our Abaco locals? If a local company would have done it they would have done it with pride. – K

It is truly sad that Abaco is getting short changed again! SHAME! – J

When people compare the new highway to the airport with the other resurfaced roads it will soon be clear that we’ve been demoted. – C

I drove this area today and it is worse than I remember it being, might as well have left it alone it they knew they wasn’t going to do it with common sense. – C

There should be no taxation without representation… Where is the minister responsible? (Nassau) Tell this company to stop! Just take the money and run…It would be better to have taken we money and not do anything, at least we would not have this mess to clean up…. Anybody notice all the oil seeping into the ground? Somebody needs to be held accountable, if not locked up…Again ,where is the minister responsible? Who is the minister responsible? I vote that he should forfeit his salary for mismanaging we money….This is so unfair and downright thievery…Done cause my vexation to be yuck-up. – J

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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