North Shore writer peev’d about de­lays

The Compass - - OPINION - — Ge­orge Pen­ney writes from Black­head.

In late spring or early summer, some con­trac­tor cre­ated a few ex­tra ‘BUMPS’ on the North Shore ob­sta­cle course dis­guised as a high­way (Route 70) and then left it. It’s now mid-Au­gust. Af­ter the summer is over and all our vis­i­tors are gone home for another year, they’ll take that ter­ri­ble image and their clang­ing car shocks with them. Come fall and the weather turns cold, as it surely will, they will try to cam­ou­flage the sur­face with a lick of half cold pave­ment with a stan­dard so low that the ag­gre­gate will be separately iden­ti­fi­able.

That’s the kind of stuff that wa­ter gets into and frost does the rest.

In two to three years ev­ery­thing is back to where it started with those ugly pot­holes and chipped shoul­ders.

I ex­pect that in­spec­tion and rea­son­able stan­dards are likely to give way to po­lit­i­cal back scratch­ing and the im­me­di­ate need to pacify a very ir­ri­tated pub­lic.

Given the year round in­dus­trial ac­tiv­ity and pro­duc­tion in Old Per­li­can and Bay de Verde, a qual­ity road needs to be es­tab­lished and main­tained to sup­port the heavy truck­ing re­quired.

To that end, I would like to see the pow­ers that be re­ex­am­ine their pri­or­i­ties and do the right thing by Route 70 and the peo­ple of the North Shore.

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