Driver agrees Vet­er­ans High­way in need of up­grades

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

I read with great in­ter­est Lynn Strong’s com­ments on Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way that ap­peared in the Sept. 20 is­sue of The Com­pass in an ar­ti­cle writ­ten by Terry Roberts.

As a pro­fes­sional driv­ing in­struc­tor, Strong’s views should carry great weight. She very ar­tic­u­lately de­scribed an on­go­ing sit­u­a­tion that many of us that travel that high­way are keenly aware. She echoed the views of what many of us al­ready think.

To be fair, Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way is in­deed an up­grade from the old Roaches Line, but sadly it still leaves many things to be de­sired.

Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Hed­der­son’s com­ments that it ul­ti­mately “comes back to the driver;” and S/Sgt. Rick Robin­son’s com­ment that the high­way is in “good con­di­tion” are, in my hum­ble opin­ion, cop outs.

As its name states, this is Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial HIGH­WAY. Who has ever heard of a high­way built any­where in the last 20 years that doesn’t have pass­ing lanes for a 40 kilo­me­tre stretch? Who has ever seen such a mess as oc­curs at the North River turnoff? Where were the good en­gi­neers when this road was de­signed? And, more im­por­tantly, where was the nec­es­sary au­dit­ing be­fore this project was ap­proved?

It is easy to say driver be­ware; we all know that. But how does that pro­tect me, and my fam­ily, and my friends, from the driver that be­comes in­pa­tient, and is not care­ful? We have all heard the old say­ing, “it is the other fella that you have got to watch for!”

Yes, I need to do my part, but also I need to be pro­tected. Ev­ery­one knows the draw­backs of the High­way. It has been an en­gi­neer­ing mis­take. But alas, it is not too late. It is never too late. Let’s do some­thing now!

Thanks Ms. Strong, you have done a very good thing! Lloyd Bar­rett

Bay Roberts

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