Rockport residents frustrated by road condition
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.”