Roads a disgrace, says writer
The province’s tourism department is doing a wonderful job with their television ads promoting our beautiful province. But one has to wonder how these tourists feel when confronted by what passes for roads here on the Avalon Peninsula.
When they come across Heart’s Content to visit the Cable Station, they must be shocked. These roads are a disgrace and downright dangerous.
In New Chelsea, the asphalt has crumbled and eroded at the edges. In places, it’s barely seven inches wide between the centre line and the white line at the edge. I know this because I measured a couple of places this morning.
Look out when you pass a big truck going in the opposite direction. They frequently cross the centre line because the road on their side is narrower than their trucks.
It’s just a matter of time before someone gets whacked. Recently, they painted the white lines and in places there was no asphalt to paint on.
Last year, the very day before the provincial election, the highways crews were out in the Gull Island area, resurfacing the roads there. Isn’t Gull Island the home of Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson? Just a coincidence, I guess.
Alex Button writes from New Chelsea