“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.”

The Compass - - NEWS - – Lynn Strong edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.”

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