'Back Street' woes!

Potholes on Sydney Pagon Drive make life difficult for motorists, pedestrians

Monday, December 03, 2018

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Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth – The National Works Agency (NWA) says relief is coming soon for those in this south central town who travel on the badly scoured Sydney Pagon Drive, also referred to as Back Street and Bypass road.

The road serves as an alternative to the congested Santa Cruz town centre. But in recent weeks heavy rains have cut huge holes on what was an already flawed surface making life miserable and hazardous for motorists and pedestrians.

However, Howard Hendriks, Community Relations Officer (central region) for the NWA says patching is to begin over the next few days which should make life easier for road users.

Hendriks noted that the road work is essential since Sydney Pagon Drive is central to a one-way system which is implemented in Santa Cruz every December in a bid to avoid traffic gridlock in the build up to Christmas.

In addition to patching, Hendriks said efforts will be done to correct an overly sharp dip on a section of the roadway which has triggered bitter complaints from motorists over the last two months. Ironically, the dip is a by-product of drainage work in mid-year which has significantly assisted the speedy run-off of flood waters, following rain.

– Garfield Myers

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