Mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor up­set over con­di­tion of main road in Re­serve Mines

Cape Breton Post - - GLACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE

great to re­act to all phone calls but the con­di­tions are so bad the DOT could have their own truck just for Re­serve Mines.”

MacDon­ald said what up­sets him most is this road has been in bad shape for sev­eral years and has not only dam­aged ve­hi­cles, but has caused se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents.

DOT has posted signs warn­ing of the pot­holes.

“If there are no signs posted and a pot­hole causes dam­age to a per­son’s ve­hi­cle, they can fill out a claim form,” but if there is a sign there is no rem­edy for the car owner.

MacDon­ald said he is meet­ing with Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre MLA Frank Cor­bett re­gard­ing the road.

“I know Frank Cor­bett is well aware of the sit­u­a­tion be­cause ev­ery call that I re­ceive, I also di­rect to Mr. Cor­bett’s of­fice.”

Tele­phone calls di­rected by the Cape Bre­ton Post to Cor­bett have not yet been re­turned.

Lloyd Hall, DOT act­ing man­ager in Syd­ney, was not aware of the com­plaints how­ever he said the road will be ex­am­ined. The depart­ment is cur­rently set­ting pri­or­i­ties for the construction sea­son which usu­ally be­gins about mid-April.

“ That is when we can re­ally be­gin construction on the roads. We can’t haul ma­te­rial when the weight re­stric­tions are on the road.”

Hall said the mild weather is harder on the roads then a snowy win­ter.

“ Freeze and thaw is what cause a pot­hole. Ev­ery­thing freezes and then warms up. That’s what causes the as­phalt to weaken and causes pot­holes.

“ The bet­ter win­ter we have the worse the pot­holes are.”

He said when a pot­hole com­plaint is re­ceived work­ers are sent to fill it.

“Ba­si­cally all we can do in the win­ter is a patch ... def­i­nitely not a per­ma­nent fix.

“No­body is mak­ing hot mix as­phalt right now and that is the proper fix for a pot­hole. In the win­ter, you phys­i­cally can’t make hot mix.”

Sharon Mont­gomery-Dupe - Cape Bre­ton Post

District 4 Coun. Ge­orge MacDon­ald stands by signs on the Old Syd­ney Road in Re­serve Mines warn­ing of the road con­di­tions. MacDon­ald said this road has been in bad shape with pot­holes for a cou­ple of years now and needs to be prop­erly re­paired by the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

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