Driver agrees Veterans Highway in need of upgrades
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