Sufficient resources needed to maintain roads
The country’s roads have burdened the Government with two major challenges – adequate funding and effective road management.
Works Secretary David Wereh, whilst giving a rundown on the effects of climate change on Markham roads, said sufficient resources are needed to build highways that can withstand modern traffic demands.
“The change in river and flow patterns has been very unpredictable,” Wereh said.
“Markham has become a major flood plain and it is really threatening road sections. Culverts are giving way and these problems are starting way up and flooding the entire valley down there.
“So this section of the road goes through the wet terrain. It’s giving us a major challenge, the agency looking after the up keeping of these roads,” he said.
“We are working overnight. Our guys are working at restoring some of these sections. Our boys were able to respond, making sure there is accessibility at all times. Our response time limit is 48-hours and let me say that record stands. Delay on highways and disasters have not been longer than 48-hours and we have responded always in 48 hours.
“In very challenging times like Markham, we are working day and night in order to have people to continue to access our main highways.
There are no quick fix solutions,” he added.
He said there were two issues faced today.
“Adequate funding as well as effective road management is key.
“Some sections of the highway need to be rebuilt. Most sections of the highway have never been designed to withstand impacts of climatic, flooding and major landslide issues we are facing today. The frequency and levels of water have risen, that’s the truth. The impacts of climate change are big and this is the new challenge the Government and Department of Works is faced with,” he said.