Public reacts to suggestion on removing median
Pro and con arguments offered up
The Advertiser first reported on its website last Wednesday that the town council of Grand Falls-Windsor was contemplating the idea of removing the concrete median that divides the Trans-Canada Highway through the town.
When we shared that story to our Facebook page, the result was a flurry of comments from citizens, weighing in on the pros and cons of taking down the barrier.
The arguments were strong on both sides of the debate.
Here is a sample of what some of you said:
REMOVE THE MEDIAN
It has to go, it has been the demise of travel-through business, people gas up in Badger, Bishop’s or Gander and make sure they have enough gas to get through our town. We are allowing dollars to slip through out hands by making it difficult to access. – Lori Hewitt Hennessey
Get rid of it. Gander seems to have prospered without a barrier preventing travellers from accessing their amenities form the highway! The barrier is a deterrent to those travelling through and a nuisance to those who live here! – Tina Jewer
Got to go to allow access to the different businesses instead of having to take the long way around. – Betty Snow
Definitely get rid of it. Revitalize our stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway and bring some extra cash flow to our town. Accidents are caused by excessive speed and human failure. If the wall is gone, the speed limit will be reduced and in turn lower the possibility of accidents. – Brad Oxford
I feel the median needs to go, for tourism and economic reasons! We need a service industry there! As for being dangerous, we have to impose a speed limit of 50 or 60 km! (and enforce it) It will be the only way we can lure a hotel here, with success! I think there needs to be a town hall debate on this subject! – Glen Carey
Never should have been put there its caused a number of businesses to close. – Theresa Charlene
Get rid of it and drop the speed through that section to 60 km, won’t have to worry about head-on collision then. — Chad Collins
I think it should go, but the town should come up with a good plan first because of safety issues. — Nellie Power
THE MEDIAN SHOULD STAY:
I like it for the safety feature. – Angel Osmond
Leave it; no chance of a head on collision through the town. Should be divided highway right through the province anyway. – Ronnie Folkes
The risk of fatalities from left-hand traffic turning will be awful. I’m sure that traffic can take a ramp off the highway if they were interested in anything on Cromer Avenue. It is an issue though for traffic going west to enter any business on the left, but that traffic is usually heading out of town and not driving through to do business. It’s definitely not the best idea what was done there but the risk of fatalities from left turning traffic is too high to do without the media. Maybe better signage, advertising would help? – Carla Penney-Legge
I think they should keep it like it is! – Ruth Bartlett Prowse
Seriously? How many people have been killed by head-on collisions in this province since August? If those are removed there will be some serious safety issues that will need to be addressed. – Michele Hiller-Fewer.
Removing them wouldn’t make any sense to me. You’re guaranteed to have more accidents if you do. Yes, Gander and Clarenville don’t have medians, but the highway don’t cut through the middle of the towns either like GFW. All exits are on the same side of the road. — Amy Keats Maher
Remove the ‘ wall’ and the speed limit will have to be reduced as it is in Gander. Then you have drivers making left turns to cross the highway. The median was put there for safety reasons; the safety reasons still exist. – Wallace Robinson
What problem is this question attempting to solve? What exactly is harmed by the existence of this divider? What harm that was done was done a generation ago now. It’s been there over 20 years now. Also, isn’t the highway provincial jurisdiction. Not sure the town has authority to remove it. — Christopher Mercer
It should stay! Lots of access to town throughout this stretch of highway. No need to spend taxpayers’ money to increase revenue for a few businesses who aren’t hurting financially under the present structure. Just going to increase the number of serious accidents by removing it. Just think of all the fatalities on the TCH through Gander and Clarenville over the past several years. Is that worth removing the median. — Wayne Sheppard
Councillor Shawn Feener, responding to the comments, posted, “This was part of my election platform and during my campaign I asked as many people as possible what they thought, and it was very well received for a number of reasons.
He continued, “Directing some much-needed traffic on to Main Street would be one of the major benefits. I brought it to council last week in hopes of getting the ball rolling.”
Feener concluded, “Obviously this is a very long process and we will be gauging public support, but nothing would be done without safety being the number one concern.”