Road-Paving Problems in Maraval

La Seiva Terrace, Maraval
Recently paved road: La Seiva Terrace, Maraval

TrinidadandTobagoNews.com Reporters
May 05, 2010
Updated: May 11, 2010

On Saturday 1st May, 2010, contractors working for the Ministry of Works paved the roadway of La Seiva Terrace, Maraval. Initially, we were somewhat surprised that they choose to pave that road as we did not believe that the road required paving at this time.

Prior to paving the road, the contractors removed the top layer or asphalt, and left the road bare for about a week. With traffic on the road, this left our community very dusty – exacerbating an already bad dust and ash problem caused by the dry season with bush fires in the hills.

The road-paving exercise went into the late evening so we had to wait until the following morning to discover what was actually done.

To our disappointment, the road was paved unevenly with raw, high edges that rose from about two inches to as much as nine inches in some areas. The entrance to our driveway was so high that it became dangerous to enter and exit the garage. We eventually placed a length of 4 x 4 inch steel in the deep slipper drain to help get our car in and out of the garage.

After speaking to a few neighbours who were also were experiencing problems with the roadway, I decided to call the Ministry of Works on Monday 3rd May, 2010, to alert them about our concerns. I was eventually transferred to an engineer who I was told oversaw the road-paving exercise in this are. After speaking with her about our concerns, she promised to visit the area to examine the problems to see what could be done.

Here are some photos to help explain what went wrong with the road paving exercise:

Here you can see that the recently paved road was raised.

Here you can see that the recently paved road was raised.

 

You can see how unevenly the road has been paved.

You can see how unevenly the road has been paved.

 

A length of 4 x 4 inch steel was placed in the deep slipper drain to help get in and out of this driveway.

A length of 4 x 4 inch steel was placed in the deep slipper drain to help get in and out of this driveway. The road has been raised by over seven inches at the point that reaches the driveway.

 

Here is a picture from the driveway that shows what the car has to now mount notwithstanding the four inches square steel that was placed into the slipper drain.

Here is a picture from the driveway that shows what the car has to now mount notwithstanding the four inches square steel that was placed into the slipper drain.

 

We measured the dept of the slipper drain and found it to be in excess of seven inches.

We measured the dept of the slipper drain and found it to be in excess of seven inches.

 

On the other side of the street the edge of the newly paved road has also created a deep slipper drain that cars can slip into thereby causing drivers to lose control.

On the other side of the street the edge of the newly paved road has also created a deep slipper drain that cars can slip into thereby causing drivers to lose control. It also means that cars cannot park as close to the curb as they usually do.

 

Another picture showing the 'finished' road.

Another picture showing the ‘finished’ road.

 

Here we measured the depth of the slipper drain to be in excess of eight and a half inches.

Here we measured the depth of the slipper drain to be in excess of eight and a half inches. Notice how the road is now the same height as the curb.

 

If they are ever to lift the slipper drains to conform to the new height of the road then residents would have to rebuild the drains from their homes.

If they are ever to lift the slipper drains to conform to the new height of the road then residents would have to rebuild the drains from their homes.

 

Here you can see the difficulty if the slipper drains have to be elevated to suit the new height of the road.

Here you can see the difficulty if the slipper drains have to be elevated to suit the new height of the road.

 

Finally, this image shows how wavy and uneven the broad surface of the road is.

Finally, this image shows how wavy and uneven the broad surface of the road is following the paving exercise.

 

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3 Responses to “Road-Paving Problems in Maraval”


  • ‘Road paving not linked to election’
    20 April, 2010 — The Ministry of Local Government yesterday denied that the $60 million road-paving project across Trinidad is linked to the upcoming General Election.

  • Have the paving contractor correct his mistake or pay a fine for poor work performance?In the future let the contactor sign an agreement for the job he has to perform.

  • I like your novel suggestion Betty Freggan, but let us not limit such draconian measures ,on them simply because they antagonize the sensibilities of a few elite Maraval folks with the Lexus , BMWs ,and Mercedes in their secured garages.
    How about no retirement pension for any MP under whose stewardship , no roads were constructed in many unmentionable, neglected quarters of our underachieving country? Students , are failing , barely able to read above ABC levels? Let’s resort to confiscation of all vacation day of everyone in such schools from Principals to, cleaners. Sorry Ms. Manning , your pension is also going , as you did a subpar job before being elevated to another job reward by your confidant /hubby.
    Criminals are running rampant across the country, while innocent folks are being locked up daily ?Why only blame our hard working dedicated Cops? Here is the solution. You simply force every lawyer in our country from entry level State lawyers in the DPP office , to Appeal courts el supremos , to go back for a further 2 years legal education at UWI and Hugh Wooding, then import the entire British judiciary to take care of our domestic legal affairs.
    Why you ask? We have the oil ,and gas resources to keep Massa Privy Council going indefinitely, in addition to our unused Caribbean Appeals Courts , so why not go all the way?
    You see where I am going with these ridiculous suggestions Betty, so let us not begin the art of trying to introduce untenable , non realistic ‘changes,’ we are unable to sustain ,shall we?
    The objective should always be to make proper choices in who is selected to do a particular task in the first place , be it business contractor, political party, or any other leader of importance. Not only is the price for progress high my friend , but so is folly. Therefore make wise choices on May 24th.
    Warm regards.

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