Call­ing for up­grades to Route 73

The Compass - - OPINION -

I write con­cern­ing the New Har­bour Bar­rens, Route 73 that con­nects Trin­ity Bay to Con­cep­tion Bay, and the ter­ri­ble state this road is in.

This road con­nects Trin­ity Bay to the clos­est hos­pi­tal in Car­bon­ear that in­cludes spe­cial­ists, med­i­cal test­ing in­clud­ing ul­tra­sounds, blood work, bone den­sity tests, etc., also where surg­eries are per­formed.

The c l o s e s t maj o r g r ocer y stores are in Con­cep­tion Bay.

Thi s road is used so much all year by both bays, many of the teach­ers work­ing in Trin­ity Bay travel from Con­cep­tion Bay five days- aweek.

Many years ago we were promised that t h i s r oad would be com­pletely paved within five years. That five years is long gone and we still have a ter­ri­ble road to drive. There are govern­ment build­ings, ser­vices, and agen­cies lo­cated in Con­cep­tion Bay that both bays use, such as mo­tor regis­tra­tion.

There is a high pop­u­la­tion of moose on the New Har­bour Bar­rens and in the dark most driv­ers are watch­ing for them and do not see the holes. Th­ese holes are a ma­jor safety haz­ard for th­ese driv­ers. Also, dur­ing weather such as rain or snow, the holes are filled and im­pos­si­ble to see.

We called the Trans­porta­tion depart­ment to see if we could find out when th­ese holes would be filled, which re­ally do not last that long be­cause as soon as it rains the holes are back. They did not re­turn our call.

There was road work done re­cently, yet the road was left in ter­ri­ble con­di­tion, high ridges from the pave­ment to the gravel. The bump sign is so close to the area that we are on top of the ridge and gravel road be­fore we have a chance to slow down.

The shoul­der of the road is a lso wear­ing away in many places, and this is haz­ardous.

I would like to hear from some­one con­cern­ing this is­sue. Also, who are we sup­posed to con­tact in the governme n t when there are prob­lems? From my ex­pe­ri­ence over the years no one will take re­spon­si­bil­ity for this road. Ev­ery­one wants to pass it on to some­one else.

So here’s my ques­tion: Ex­actly what Mem­ber of the House of Assem­bly is re­spon­si­ble for Route 73?

All we are ask­ing for is a road that is safe to drive from one bay to the other.

From my ex­pe­ri­ence over the years no one will take re­spon­si­bil­ity for this road. Ev­ery­one wants to pass it on to

some­one else.

— Gary and Yvonne Thorne write from New Har­bour,

Trin­ity Bay

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