Cit­i­zens’ com­mit­tee to cre­ate Route 100 pe­ti­tion

The Compass - - Sports - BY AN­DREW ROBINSON editor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Ad­vo­cates for the over­all im­prove­ment of Route 100 lead­ing to Pla­cen­tia will soon launch a pe­ti­tion to help ad­vance their cause.

The Route 100 Im­prove­ment Com­mit­tee held a meet­ing at the Dunville Lions Club last Wed­nes­day. Over 50 peo­ple at­tended, with sev­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the new town coun­cil present, in­clud­ing Mayor Bernard Power.

Ray Mur­phy, act­ing com­mit­tee chair and for­mer Dunville mayor, told The Com­pass he spoke with the newly elected mayor, who in­di­cated he sup­ports the cause.

“I think the main point (peo­ple at the meet­ing) were mak­ing there was we need more sup­port from the area,” Mur­phy said. “We need to present a uni­fied force to get other peo­ple in­volved, other or­ga­ni­za­tions in­volved, to spear­head the thing.”

Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing took place a few weeks after Mur­phy and an­other com­mit­tee mem­ber met with lo­cal MHA Sherry Gam­bin-Walsh and De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works of­fi­cials to dis­cuss the state of Route 100. The com­mit­tee is par­tic­u­larly dis­pleased with the amount of work com­pleted on the stretch of Route 100 pass­ing through Dunville. It cre­ated a wish list at the be­gin­ning of Au­gust and sub­mit­ted it to the de­part­ment.

In a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view with The Com­pass, Mur­phy re­ferred to most of the work done so far as “piece­meal” mea­sures that don’t go far enough in ad­dress­ing the con­cerns of res­i­dents. Is­sues the com­mit­tee wants ac­tion on in­clude line paint­ing, sig­nage, ditch­ing, as­phalt, guardrails, noise and catch basins.

“We sim­ply want the nor­mal main­te­nance to be done,” said Mur­phy.

The com­mit­tee is look­ing to launch a pe­ti­tion to help present a uni­fied voice on the mat­ter. Mur­phy noted there is some dis­cus­sion of broad­en­ing the pe­ti­tion’s scope to in­clude other roads in the Pla­cen­tia area res­i­dents feel have been ne­glected.

“There are so many safety is­sues and prob­lems with the road that we don’t know where gov­ern­ment stands on it,” said Mur­phy. “We don’t know if they’re sup­port­ive or not.”

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Over 50 peo­ple came to the Dunville Lions Club Wed­nes­day night to dis­cuss what steps to take next to im­prove Route 100.

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The Bac­calieu Trail Brew­ing Com­pany hopes to oc­cupy this Bay Roberts build­ing lo­cated on the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way.

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