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POTHOLES COST GOVERNMENT almost $36 000 in damages last year.

That’s almost double the amount the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance paid out to motorists in 2017.

It was at the Kingsland, Christ Church junction, along the Adams section of the ABC Highway yesterday, that Minister of Transport Dr William Duguid said over 100 motorists were reimbursed after their vehicles were damaged by potholes.

However, during a follow-up telephone interview with the NATION, Duguid revealed the actual number of claims was 104 with a price tag of $35 708.40. In 2017, the claims totalled $19 000.

The most claims, 46, came from incidents in St Michael, but there were none in St Peter. On average, Duguid said they received between eight to nine claims a month, but due to the pothole patching programme and the other works, that number had decreased.

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