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The Crane Old Road which services the old and new Crane Housing Schemes as well as some sections of Best village, has for many years, remained in a state of disrepair. Residents have become almost resigned to a roadway filled with yawning potholes that renders traversing of this path rather burdensome.Periodically, the road is graded and laced with ‘crush and run’ to correct this situation, however, residents complain that this is inadequate. They insist that this road needs to be completely refurbished.Residents explained to Kaieteur News that this road which was at one time the main West Coast Demerara access road, until the construction of the current highway, in the 1970s was used to transport building materials for the new Crane Housing Scheme.Also, this road was used to transport materials for sea defense works that were effected on the Crane sea shore.It was pointed out that another important access road to the new housing scheme in the vicinity was only refurbished when residents blocked the road and demanded an assurance that this road would be refurbished.They pointed out that this effectively destroyed the Crane old road.  They said that residents were promised that at the completion of these works, this road would be rehabilitated. This was never to materialize.Hamichand,NFL Jerseys China, a rice farmer who resides in this area told Kaieteur News that three years ago, he spoke with the Regional Chairman about the necessity of having this road rehabilitated. He said that he was promised that this was on the budget. He is still waiting.He said that this did not do much for the credibility and reliance of the regional authority.  It was posited that the complete rehabilitation of this road is long overdue and ought to be expedited now.Hamichand’s wife stated that residents are always given false hope when officials from the Regional Democratic Council frequent the area to take measurements. She said that this never materializes into anything tangible. She stated, to the amazement of Kaieteur News,Cheap Jerseys From China, that one afternoon before the road was graded; she counted forty potholes just outside of her gate.Other residents said that the loam material on the road would,Cheap NFL Jerseys Store, when the rain falls, make the situation worse. This is so because the entire stretch that is laced with this material becomes “slushy”. This messy situation causes much discomfort to school children who would use this road to get to the Crane Primary school.They pointed out when such a situation materializes; cab drivers would refuse to traverse this route, thus,Brett Favre Falcons Jersey, transportation in and out of this area would be scarce.Another negative consequence of this cosmetic approach to road maintenance is the excessive dust pollution on heated days. The womenfolk who spoke with Kaieteur News bemoaned this as a nuisance especially after strenuous efforts of cleaning.Residents pointed out to Kaieteur News the material that was dug out of the adjacent trench and placed on the shoulder of the road. This material prevents rain water from running off the road and hence contributes to the road’s disintegration.Hamichand said he was told by an NDC overseer that the contractor who dug the trench had clear instructions to remove this material. However,Undefeated Air Max 97 For Sale, this was never done. This situation prompted Hamichand to remark that Crane “residents are living in garbage”.He said that he previously made efforts to mobilize residents to form a delegation that would meet with the Regional Chairman to discuss this issue. However, he regretted that this did not materialize. He nevertheless added that such an initiative is still needed at this juncture when Crane appears to be a forgotten area.Cab drivers who spoke with Kaieteur News complained bitterly about the damage caused to their vehicles by this road. Drivers pointed out that tires, ball joints, steering ends, rack ends and arm bushings have to be changed on a regular basis.One driver who spoke on condition of anonymity said that every time he services his vehicle,Cheap Jerseys Online, he has to change his arm bushings which cost S12,000 each. He added that it was mentally tiring working this route.Bharat Persaud and George Lakhan confirmed that the maintenance cost associated with working this route as against the other routes is significantly higher. They said also that the fuel cost was higher for drivers plying this route.They concurred that the cosmetic policy and approach of periodically grading and lacing with crush and run did not make much sense. They said that this road needs to be dug up and completely resurfaced.They urged that their plight as cab drivers who provide valuable service ought not to be taken lightly.
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