Many of your commenters and readers seem to think that the concept of flyovers is new to Barbados. However, back in the mid-1980s an Oistins Bypass Road was designed. This road had a flyover that went over the road between Oistins and Oistins hill. The road started just south of where the Barbados Cooperative Credit Union League office was formerly located and ended just down the hill from Thornbury hill. A flyover is nothing more than an overpass bridge (a bridge passing over a roadway) and is designed like any other road bridge. They do not require any unusual skills to either design or build. In fact, a pre-stressed concrete bridge, like the Lancaster bridge, is at least as complicated.
One of the things we love about blogging is the feedback we get from visitors. The comment above was posted yesterday; it reinforced why we do what we do. BU and other media must continue to put information in the public domain to enlighten those Barbadians who do not understand; as in this case, the ramifications of a poorly constructed, managed and maintained flyover. Many of our commenters seem to be considering only one aspect when discussing the flyover project.
The following is an excerpt from Stantec’s website (The company sub-contracted to do the Operation Free Flow design work by 3S Barbados SRL)
We understand the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts of roadways. Roadway design has evolved from being primarily a technical issue to requiring a full understanding of potential social, environmental, and economic impacts, and the success of a project is often judged on how well it meets public desires rather than on technical design. We identify our clients’ objectives, develop and evaluate alternatives, and consult with stakeholders to design and administer the construction of new roadways and rehabilitation of existing facilities.
Source: BU Anonymous Commenter
The second quote summarizes perfectly the concerns of many Barbadians. It appears that our government has a vision for a modern Barbados: flyovers, four-lane highways, condominiums, international franchises, etc. Barbadians have become concerned at the emerging character of the new Barbados and we do not like it. Although we have no problem with development, we believe that it must be done in a way that recognizes the culture, aspirations and dreams of our people. The discussion about the flyovers must not only be centered on how efficiently it will eliminate gridlock, but the social and environmental factors must also be considered. After we looked at the video below, the social and environmental impact flyovers will have on our small community became apparent.
Have a look.
Now that you have looked at the video, please read this article. It hammered home some telling points for BU (our thanks to DeMarlehole).
What did you learn from the article?