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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Rain adds to general Paphos road misery ]

Rain adds to general Paphos road misery

TENS of main roads in Paphos district are either closed to traffic, full of potholes or the site of major road works and diversions, much to the chagrin of motorists and local officials alike. Tempers have been further frayed by torrential rain and storms over the last few weeks.

Many of the road works are a result of major upgrades to the town’s sewerage system. Local councillor Polis Polydorou, who is also a member of SABBA, the sewerage board committee responsible for the works, is sympathetic to locals’ complaints.

“I have personally raised the issue of the problems with the roads at the last meeting of the committee, and stressed that there is a serious problem with finishing the road after works,” he said.

Theo Paspalis is a local salesman who spends much of his working day negotiating the road network.

“I am so fed up with the state of the roads in Paphos,” he said. “While I understand the mainline sewerage system is important, the whole area is an absolute mess. Why have the authorities decided to carry out major work on so many of the main roads simultaneously? It makes no sense. In addition, none of the projects seem to be being completed. It’s dragging on and residents have had enough,” he said.

A large part of the problem, said Polydorou, is that contractors are not filling the holes in the roads properly. “Or if they do, they are leaving them open for excessive amounts of time first.”

Torrential rain over the last week or so has made driving conditions of these roads even worse.

“The rain has created a huge mess and made holes and ditches much bigger. There are now many problems for motorists and our cars.”

He said the committee is chasing contractors to finish the work on time, but added the general feeling is that work is late and not being completed properly.

There are four different major contractors undertaking phase two of the extensive sewerage project, and they in turn have employed numerous sub contractors. The work will cost an estimated €120 million.

Andreas Evlavis the district secretary of the Paphos Green Party agreed that there were simply too many places under construction at the same time, and said that each site should have been completed until work began on the next.

A lack of adequate numbers of diversion signs has only increased the general frustration, he added.

“For instance in Chlorokas, where sewerage work is underway, there is one area without any diversion signs for about two kilometres,” he said.

Even sections of the main Paphos to Limassol dual carriageway are undergoing road works.

“Contractors should be working on the dual carriageway at weekends, the whole area is constantly blocked,” he added.

For the past year whole sections of nearby Yeroskipou have resembled a building site. Again, much of the work is connected to the sewerage system upgrade.

“SAABA are digging up roads and making holes for pipes and instead of it taking three days to a week to complete, the holes are staying uncovered, and without asphalt on the top,” said Yeroskipou councillor Panikos Skordis.


“Lots of problems were made worse by the rain. Obviously the water washes away the soil and the holes are now far bigger. This is both dangerous to drivers and for their vehicles.”

According to Skordis, more than five busy secondary roads in Yeroskipou are currently dug up and he complained that despite constant complaints to SABBA contractors, rules and regulations are not being followed.

“The council has already voted to pay to resurface all of the affected roads once the project is completed. The technicians of SABBA have said the whole area needs to be completed before this should happen. At the moment they are just patching up problem areas, and in some cases they are doing a very poor job,” he said.

For Evlavis the present traffic chaos only highlights the need for a better public transport system. “If we had a regular bus service, it would help to get traffic off the road. The authorities should be trying to make life easier for us,” he said.



(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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