Progress is starting to show, as the National Road Authority’s (NRA) repairs to the Esterley Tibbetts Highway fill in some sunken segments.
Officials say heavy vehicles wore away the asphalt and rainwater began collecting in the depressions. The resulting dips created a risk that drivers could lose control.
“Water wasn’t settelling in the correct places, which in itself is a hazard, even when there is just a light rainfall and water doesn’t get to the drains, there is pooling on the actual carriage way. There you have people driving at 40mph, maybe not aware of it. It’s also sort of a tourist area and that a lot of our visitors use that section of road to travel as well,” said Edison Jackson, Senior Engineer of the National Roads Authority.
The depressions in the road are being fixed one lane at a time. The inner lanes could be finished by Friday (18 March), then repairs on the outer lanes could start next week.