Rock­port res­i­dents frus­trated by road con­di­tion

Sackville Tribune - - EXTRAS -

STAFF RE­PORTER Rock­port res­i­dents are call­ing on the pro­vin­cial govern­ment to come up with a long-term so­lu­tion when it comes to the con­di­tion of the main road in their com­mu­nity.

that, when the road is at its worst, emer­gency ser­vice ve­hi­cles such as fire trucks aren’t able to ac­cess the homes in the af­fected area,

“so we’re kind of left on our own here.”

Sackville Fire Chief Craig Bowser said he was made aware of the road con­di­tion a cou­ple of weeks ago and did iden­tify at that time that his depart­ment would not be able to get a truck through to that part of his cov­er­age area if there were an emer­gency.

“The road was very de­te­ri­o­rated ... I felt it wasn’t pass­able,” he said.

Bowser did point out, how­ever, that he alerted the Dorch­ester fire chief as well as EMO rep­re­sen­ta­tives about the sit­u­a­tion, who gave re­as­sur­ances that Rock­port would still be able to be ser­viced by the Dorch­ester fire depart­ment through the back­way.

“No­body is left vul­ner­a­ble.” Bernard Le­blanc, MLA for Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar, said he has been hearing con­cerns from res­i­dents and has been in con­tact with of­fi­cials with the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion. He said a crew has been sent in there to grade the road and put up tem­po­rary sig­nage in the past cou­ple of weeks. But he knows that’s only a short-term so­lu­tion and has asked for fund­ing to come up with a longer-term fix.

“I made it clear to them that we have to ob­tain fund­ing to re­pair that,” he said. “Hope­fully we can fix it. It should not be that way. We re­al­ize res­i­dents are suf­fer­ing down that way and we are go­ing to try and rec­tify that.”

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