After $750 in vehicle repairs, retiree begs Works Ministry to repair junction at Lauchland Benjamin Drive & Wireless Road

A retiree is begging the Ministry of Public Works to repair the section of roadway that leads from Lauchland BenjamDrive onto the Wireless Road, which is a hazard to both humans and machines, she says.

The senior citizen tells REAL News that, in making the cross-over this past weekend, her vehicle fell into a deep pothole – apparently filled with water from Friday’s rain.  When she attempted to climb out, she says, she realized that the SUV would not budge since the rear tire remained in the hole.

Another driver stopped to help, she says, and then advised her that the sudden drop into the pothole had broken the arm of that wheel.  The Good Samaritan then drove her home and she called her mechanic.

The woman reports that repairing her vehicle set her back by $750 at a time when most pensioners are already having a hard time financially, since, as she said, “the little Social Security money [is] always late.”

She laments that the unbudgeted expense is now going to “throw off [her] budget for the rest of the month.”

At the end of August, Senior Sargeant Kenny McBurnie made an appeal to drivers to be particularly careful on a number of roadways – including the Wireless Road – because of the danger posed by deep potholes, especially when it rains.

He warned, then, that unsuspecting motorists could be in for a rude and costly surprise.

He acknowledged that the Wireless Road is in a degraded condition and has presented such challenges for years, although it has been repaired on several occasions.

The crossover from Lauchland Benjamin Drive into Cassada Gardens has sprung more than potholes during this time, however.  Motorists have to negotiate areas where the asphalt surface has been completely eroded and the steel reinforcement is exposed.

Other drivers tell our Newsroom that the Herberts Main Road and Jonas Road – which are major thoroughfares – are also in terrible condition, as well, and are proving challenging to negotiate.