Coun­cils want changes on Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial

Pass­ing lanes on wish list as towns look to meet with min­is­ter, MHAs

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Ve­hi­cles nav­i­gate Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way over­look­ing Har­bour Grace on a wet Fri­day morn­ing.

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