“It’s time to look again at how many cars are using this roadway and whether they need to upgrade it. This road is not keeping up with the times.”
Strong advises her students against making left turns onto the highway at these intersections. •Rutted lanes: Strong said the ruts in the highway are a growing danger, and not only when its raining. Even during dry conditions, ruts can cause handling challenges for front-wheeldrive vehicles, she explained. •Passing lanes: Strong said the road needs to be widened, and passing lanes added. She said the lack of passing lanes is prompting many motorists to make poor choices when traffic slows below the speed limit - which is often the case - and long lines of vehicles stack up behind one another.
•The placement of broken yellow lines:
Strong said the road is very hilly and windy, and questioned the placement of broken yellow lines in some places, including at the Shearstown overpass.
“ If you’re heading north, you have a broken yellow line to pass someone on a bridge where an opposing vehicle has no escape route. I’ve never seen it before,” she said. “It’s just prior to a bend, at the bottom of a hill. It’s insanity.”
Strong acknowledges that the road has brought many positive changes to the region, but she can’t help but cringe every time she gets behind the wheel and enters the highway.
“I see the bad choices that drivers make. When you drive a car, it is ultimatley about the choices you make as a driver, but we also need, and I think it’s government’s responsibility, to make sure the visual cues, such as broken lines, access ramps, on ramps, off ramps and interchanges are constructed to assist drivers in making the best choices.
“ Veterans Memorial Highway falls well below the mark,” she said.
She added that Veterans highway is different than most other secondary highways in the province because of the volume of traffic it sees every day, which she believes make it more dangerous than others.
“It’s time to look again at how many cars are using this roadway and whether they need to upgrade it,” she said. “ This road is not keeping up with the times.”