Dover Castle needs a bridge - Residents say a road won't work

March 14, 2018
Section of the Dover Castle main road in St Catherine that was washed away back in 2011. The road was again severely damaged last year.

Work has begun to reconnect a section of the main road between Linstead and Guy's Hill, which was severed in the community of Dover Castle in May 2017 during heavy rainfall.

But residents are fearful that it won't be long before the road is damaged again after the repairs are completed.

They say that a tractor is being used to form what they presume to be the base of the new roadway.

"Mi nuh know weh dem say dem a do over deso, a better dem tek di money come gi mi," Georgia Howard, an elderly female who travels the route regularly to and from market, told THE STAR.

She argues that rather than reconstruct the roadway, a bridge should be erected at the location.

"Dem nuh know weh dem a do, 'cause a just dirt dem a heap up and dat cyah wul di road," argued another man, who said he live in Guy's Hill and works in Linstead.

Meanwhile, Marvin, a taxi man who plies the Linstead to Guy's Hill route, also doubts that the breakaway should be repaired with asphalt.

"A three time dis yah road yah wash weh and dem can expect fi fix it suh again, if dem no find a permanent solution like a bridge or supm like that," he explained.

"Mi feel dem fi seriously consider fi put a bridge here," he continued.

Another resident, Kevin, also feels a bridge should be erected, but said residents will just have to be satisfied with whatever road is constructed.

"It must better than weh wi a drive pon now, 'cause a jerk-up yu a get when yu inna di taxi," he explained

Following the rain that destroyed the road, residents created a temporary path through a nearby cane farm but recently, the owner threatened to block persons from using the dirt track.

But when THE STAR contacted Stephen Shaw, manager of communication and customer services at the National Works Agency, he said, "The area does not require a bridge."

The repairs, which involves training for the Rio Magno, is estimated to cost approximately $50 million and is expected to be completed in four months.

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