Councils want changes on Veterans Memorial
Passing lanes on wish list as towns look to meet with minister, MHAs
Since it first opened in 2002, there have been several fatal accidents on Veterans Memorial Highway. Municipal leaders in Conception Bay North believe there’s a clear solution to improving safety on Route 75.
The topic came up at last Thursday’s CBN Joint Council meeting in Harbour Grace, where the provincial government’s recently unveiled five-year plan for provincial roads was discussed.
We should lobby. I’ve said this before — and I can make it in a motion — that we should lobby in the interest of public safety … the provincial government to build passing lanes on the Veterans Memorial Highway.
— George Adams
Joint council chairman Gord Power expressed his disappointment over the fact there’s little in the way of work earmarked for Conception Bay North, other than mill and fill activity this coming year on Veterans Memorial Highway.
At this point, Upper Island Cove Mayor George Adams chose to share his own thoughts on the highway.
“We should lobby,” Adams said. “I’ve said this before — and I can make it in a motion — that we should lobby in the interest of public safety … the provincial government to build passing lanes on the Veterans Memorial Highway.”
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood agreed with Adams.
“There’s not one person here that would disagree that passing lanes are needed,” he said, adding they should invite Transporta- tion and Works Minister Al Hawkins and MHAs Steve Crocker, Betty Parsley and Pam Parsons to meet with CBN Joint Council on the matter.
Power, a town councillor in Cupids, had extended an invite to Hawkins to attend last Thursday’s meeting, but did not receive a response. The motion to set up a meeting with Hawkins and the MHAs was passed unanimously.
Vehicles navigate Veterans Memorial Highway overlooking Harbour Grace on a wet Friday morning.