Parliament To Approve More Money For Road Works

The government says it is moving to increase the quality of roads here by allocating more funding to the Public Works Department.
Although the quantum of increase for road rehabilitation and construction could not be immediately determined, the Minister of Works is expected to provide an estimate which will likely be taken to Parliament for approval in subsequent budget years.
The Cabinet said at its most recent meeting that it is determined to ensure that smooth roads become a reality across the country, and at the same time, make certain that drivers do not imperil their lives and property by reckless driving and speeding when road surfaces are improved.
It is estimated that there are 400 miles of road across Antigua and more than a majority are in need of rehabilitation.
Car ownership has increased exponentially in these past five years—following the reduction of import taxes on used cars by the Gaston Browne administration—the usage of roads has also increased.

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  1. Public Work’s would have to give me a breakdown in Spreadsheet how the first set of money was spend before they can get anymore money. PWD need to get a Civil Engineering and Maintenance software program to help them track the labour and materials cost of every project. Yes, there are several software programs out there that PWD can purchase anyone. I have worked with three different types of these programs for 25 years working for the American government in Texas and Florida.

  2. Well at least they are seeking PARLIAMENTARY APPROVAL. If they had done the same with the Power Plant, it could have saved us $$ and a bad shitty deal.

  3. The monies that the Brits gave us could not be easily hijacked because of the Project Manager therefore politicians has to become creative to enrich themselves. There are Microsoft and other generic Project management resources that can be used to track entire project and maybe PWD has already have it, however until those engineers are held accountable, there will always be large debts and unfinished/substandard roads to show for the monies spent.

  4. We should not be allowing old cars on Antigua’s roads. First of all, old cars look bad. Second, they are usually unsafe compared to current standards. Third, the pollution of old cars is much higher than newer ones.

    I usually support PM Browne, but on this issue I think he is totally wrong. Cars are really awful, but if we are going to have cars, then lets at least new ones.

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