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Poor roads, chaotic Crossing Beach among chamber concerns

Family Island News
Courtesy of The Abaconian

Published: May 08, 2013

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ABACO – The directors were pleased that the Abaco Chamber of Commerce will have a seat on the board managing the proposed Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency, which is now under consideration.

Recognizing that the many small businesses in the country form the basis for economic activity and employment, this new act is being formulated to encourage new businesses to begin and to assist those now in operation to succeed.

The directors of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce, at a recent meeting, expressed concern with several issues of Central Abaco.

Concerns were raised about the poor quality of ongoing road repairs.  They questioned what roads are being repaired or re-paved, and noted that months after work began, huge potholes remain on the main road between the airport and ferry dock, while less traveled side roads are being resurfaced with tar and sand.

Chamber directors discovered that the road from Maxwell’s Supermarket to the harbor is not in the road repair scope of work, on a road with heavy traffic that needs repairs.

It was noted by the directors that the Ministry of Works crew has the equipment and knowledge for repairing potholes, but they are neither fully supplied patch material, nor do they have the funds to buy it locally.

The lack of vehicle protocols at the Crossing Beach ferry landing in Marsh Harbour was also discussed.

There were concerns about the lack of protocols for Eastern Shore residents resulting in no through access for the residents; insufficient parking resulting in cars being double and triple parked; no order among arriving and departing taxis; morning and afternoon school busses jockeying for position; school children in danger of being hit by moving vehicles; drivers showing no concern for emergency vehicles attempting to access Eastern Shore residents or incidents beyond Crossing Beach.

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