Describing the issue as a disaster waiting to happen, Third District Representative Julian Fraser has called on the government to promptly fix the road commonly known as the Elevator Hill or have it closed.
According to Fraser, the road is a danger to motorists plying that route.
Fraser made the comment while addressing concerns of constituents during a public meeting on Thursday, June 7.
“It is a very heavily used road [and] there is a portion of the road just as you are leaving Sea Cows Bay that is very steep and it causes trucks – in particular, concrete trucks – to spill concrete on the road,” he said.
The Third District Representative said over time, the residual build-up of concrete has caused motorists to utilize one side of the Elevator, which was developed for two-way traffic.
Fraser said the surface of the thoroughfare was further compromised when a utility company dug in a section of the road to run cables.
“So with the undermining and the traffic, that section of the road has broken away and it’s only now waiting for, God forbid, for a vehicle to run on it and spill over and come down the hill.”
Fraser claimed he previously raised concern in the House of Assembly and pledged to continue to champion the cause until the matter is addressed.
He said work begun on the road roughly one year ago but those works remain incomplete.
“I have been asking the government to go and clean the road for over two years now and they have been promising me that they were going to do it,” Fraser said.
“I have said this before, the minister [of Communication and Works Mark Vanterpool] needs to close that road if he is not going to fix it because something is going to happen.”
“I don’t think it’s rocket science what needs to be done. The government knows what they need to do in terms of where the concrete trucks are concerned. Sit down with the concrete truck companies and figure out what is causing it and stop it,” added Fraser while describing the heavy equipment vehicles as the root of the problem.
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