Bad road chokes Cane River's potential

August 14, 2018
Poor road conditions in the Cane River, St Andrew, is stifling the community's progress.
Poor road conditions in the Cane River, St Andrew, is stifling the community's progress.
People frolic in the cascading waters of the Cane River Falls in rural St. Andrew.
Poor road conditions in the Cane River, St Andrew, is stifling the community's progress.
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Cane River Falls in Bull Bay, St Andrew, is most famous for the reggae history that it has. Residents remember Bob Marley visiting the area along with his wife Rita and other veteran artistes.

They believe that the facility, located some three minutes from the Bull Bay main road, is a great place to relax. However, the bad roads which leads to the chill spot has proven to be a major obstacle to people seeking relaxation at the falls.

"There is a narrow area that experience landslide and a lot a people come and turn back because they think it is a dead end," one community member said. The roadway leading from Bull Bay to the falls is riddled with potholes. The asphalt has disappeared from a section of the road, and there is even a breakaway that reduces the road to single-lane traffic.

One resident, Vivian Webb, said the road has been in a bad condition since the passage of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

"Plenty people come here but dem complain about the road and dem vehicle. As you can see, there are some trench down dere suh," Webb said.

Shavana Reid, a shopkeeper in the community, said her business is suffering as a result of the poor road conditions. She said that sales are declining because people are no longer visiting the river like they used to, and she blames this on the condition of the road.

"In the summer and on public holidays, we get most people, but if the road fix we would a get more people coming through and buying more," she said.

Reid said that persons who visit the area sometimes say will not return until the road has been fixed.

"Nuff time visitors said the place is lovely but the journey to get here is extremely rough," she said.

Like other members of the Cane River community, Reid cannot wait until the rugged road gives way to a smoother thoroughfare.

"Cane River is very attractive and fun. Dung here have history so it is a great place to come, but the road is taking away from this," Reid said.

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