Municipal councillor upset over condition of main road in Reserve Mines
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.”
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.