Roads a dis­grace, says writer

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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