Strong commended for stance on highway
I would like to commend Lynn Strong for bringing forward this matter of great public concern (Half-arsed highway, Sept. 21st edition of The Compass).
I agree 100 per cent with ALL of Lynn’s comments and concerns. I am, however, very dismayed by some of Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson’s comments.
Mr. Hedderson acknowledges “there have been complaints about the road over the years,” but said it meets standards established by the Transportation Association of Canada, and is one of the newest highways in the province, having been completed less than a decade ago.”
It may meet the CURRENT MINIMUM standard — or the standard at the time of it’s construction — but ‘standards’ evolve, and they evolve to improve whatever it is that is being measured.
So, what is the magic number of accidents and/or deaths it will take to change whatever the ‘STANDARD’ is that he refers?
The fact that the North River intersection was an “afterthought” that was “ never intended to be there,” does not address the fact that what IS THERE is dangerous for several reasons, least of which is that its existence creates the opportunity for dangerous illegal u-turns.
What about the broken lines on the road where they should never be? Were they an afterthought, too?
The quote that takes the cake for me, however, is this one: Many drivers make illegal uturns at the intersection, but Hedderson said, “prudent drivers don’t break the law.”
No, Mr. Hedderson, prudent drivers don’t break the law. BUT, prudent drivers are killed by drivers that do. And if the highway was designed better there would be less opportunity for less prudent drivers to make dangerous errors that cost lives. Charlene Dawe-Roach