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Long Look/East End road has to be worst piece of road on the planet- Skelton-Cline

Long Look/East End road has to be worst piece of road on the planet- Skelton-Cline

“The roads in the Long Look/East End area, brothers and sisters, that has to be the worst piece of road, without exaggeration, on the planet, but certainly, it is the worst piece of road on Tortola.”

This is according to the host of the Honestly Speaking show, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, who said children, parents, police officers and other users of the road have been crying out about the hazardous state of the road.

Mr Skelton-Cline said he could not understand what the challenge is, since the representatives of the districts happen to be Members of Cabinet. He said the Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) is also a Member of the Cabinet.

According to Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, there have been reports of traffic accidents, since people are dodging holes and running into cars.


Hazard ‘needs immediate attention’


According to Mr Skelton-Cline, there have been reports of traffic accidents, since people are dodging holes and running into cars.

“The point is we can find some gravel somewhere. We can find some asphalt somewhere. I simply want to say out loud, particularly to the requisite authorities, that there is a hazard with the traffic on the roads in that Long Look/East End area that needs immediate attention,” Mr Skelton-Cline stated on his show on ZBVI 780 AM on September 27, 2022.

The commentator also said it is “unconscionable” that residents and guests are forced to traverse such a terrible piece of road.

He noted too that it’s unfortunate that school has reopened and children are having to walk those roads or be driven on those roads.

“So please my brothers in authority, as quickly as you can, it may not be a permanent fix, I don’t know if it is a matter of funding, but certainly I have confidence in yall, certainly you are able, even if it’s overnight, to begin to address the road situation in the Long Look/East End area,” Skelton-Cline pleaded.

The current state of the road between Fat Hogs Bay and Long Swamp on Tortola.


Relief expected?


It was on September 30, 2022, that the public was advised that a portion of Blackburn Highway Road in the vicinity of Fat Hogs Bay and Long Swamp in East End, Tortola will be closed from Friday, September 30 to Tuesday, October 4, 2022, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm daily to facilitate sewer and road reinstatement works.

It remains to be seen how much of an improvement to the state of the roads will be done.

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