Route 70 not fit in CBN

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - Bill West­cott writes from Clarke’s Beach

This prob­lem did not just hap­pen overnight. It has been there for a cou­ple of years and no­body seems to want to fix it.

I have no­ticed mo­torists veer­ing across the cen­tre line and into the op­po­site lane to avoid the mess and then turn­ing sharply back into the proper lane. I’ve done it my­self.

It is hard to de­scribe this in a writ­ten let­ter to the editor like this. I im­plore those in au­thor­ity to go to the site and take a se­ri­ous look at the ter­ri­ble shape the pave­ment is in. How about our bud­ding politi­cians hav­ing a look?.

Pave­ment? Did I say pave­ment? The words gravel pit would be more ap­pro­pri­ate. It is a bloody dis­grace.

Drive with cau­tion through South River. The life you save may very well be your own or mine!

For the hun­dreds of mo­torists like me who drive the Conception Bay North road (I refuse to call it a high­way) run­ning from the end of the Roaches Line down the hill through South River and then to Clarke’s Beach, we are all driv­ing over a tick­ing time bomb.

The road is the talk of the com­mu­nity and be­yond. It is ab­so­lutely abom­inable and those re­spon­si­ble for it should be held ac­count­able for what will be I pre­dict very se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents and God for­bid loss of life.

This prob­lem did not just hap­pen overnight. It has been there for a cou­ple of years and no­body seems to want to fix it. From what I hear via the grapevine the South River coun­cil says it is not their re­sponsi- bil­ity, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of highways.

There are trenches (I can’t say deep ruts, gouges or even deep pot­holes). They are lit­er­ally trenches dug into the pave­ment. It is ab­so­lutely im­pos­si­ble to drive safely over this part of the road with­out fear­ing loss of con­trol or se­ri­ous dam­age to the front end of your ve­hi­cle and even more se­ri­ous blown tires. One side in par­tic­u­lar has a deep em­bank­ment.

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