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Mar 28, 2014

Road Safety Program sees infrastructural road works on highways

Anybody travelling on the George Price Highway recently would see a massive program of infrastructure works in effect. It’s all part of a wider Road Safety Program, and the primary target is to reduce accidents. A significant amount of money is being spent, and several contractors are sharing the pie. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that…but there is a problem when the quality of work done is so shoddy it’s painful. That’s the case with one contractor, who has been working on the road shoulders near the Beaver Dam Bridge, and also several spots along the highway. De’mar’s Stone Company, owned by U.D.P. political aspirant Denny Grijalva and the man accused of destroying the Noh Mul Archaeological site, is one of G.O.B.’s contractors of choice. On the George Price Highway, the work is of such poor quality that it has even raised eyebrows in the Ministry of Works. We asked Works C.E.O. Errol Gentle for a comment on Wednesday, and while he tried his best to be tactful, his discomfort was obvious.


Errol Gentle, C.E.O., Ministry of Works

Errol Gentle

“The project has an engineer and the overall overseer of all the road works in the country is the Ministry of Works. You made a comparison of both areas, which yes there is some distinction between them, but what I can say about that area is because of that soil in that area, they had to dig down quite a bit deeper. If you see what the company and the Ministry of Works is doing further up, we didn’t have to dig down any at all along with shoulder. What they had to do was remove some of the soil. I think it was about four to five inches they remove and then they are replacing. So it will take some time for the soil they are now replacing to be compacted and ready before paving. Remember also that even after they do the first coating, they still have to go back and do a second coat. So that drop you see should be addressed when they do the second coat.”


Mike Rudon

“But sir, you drive that road almost every day. You look and you can see it wavy; they noh even chip in a straight line the pavement before they did the shoulder like was done further down the road. Are you satisfied, you personally and is the Ministry of Works satisfied with the quality of work that was done?”


Errol Gentle

“We are hopeful that it will be addressed before the project is competed; in the second coating we think that it should be addressed. Also remember we will be doing the resealing as well. So when you do the resealing then all that supposed to be covered.”


Mike Rudon

“When the Ministry of Works checked it, were there concerns?”


Errol Gentle

“We always have concerns even with our own work. My engineers, they are never too hundred percent happy. Whenever they go out there, they will find something…even if it is the minute detail, they will find something that the contractor or even our own people have to go back and address.”


Mike Rudon

“But that noh minute…”


Errol Gentle

“Yes, but so what I am saying is that we will always have concerns and our job is to ensure that our concerns are addressed by the contractors.”


Gentle would not comment further, but sources at the Ministry of Works tell News Five that Grijalva, and the quality of work he has done, have been the subject of several high level meetings. On another note, we were able to confirm that Denny Grijalva has recently been awarded another large contract for works on sugar roads up north. 

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2 Responses for “Road Safety Program sees infrastructural road works on highways”

  1. PATRIOT says:

    That’s the UDP’s Hall mark and UDP standard of work: phantom contracts like the San Antonio St. in Orange Walk; unfinished repairs of sugar roads in the Corozal district, e.g. the road going to Corozal from Progresso through the Pueblo Nuevo Ferry; the 9 miles Progresso-San Estevan road that has 7 months that the road contractor has been working and only about 3 miles that can be said to be done to an acceptable work-construction standard.

  2. CEO says:


    Official comments from Gentle are even worse!

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