Citizens’ committee to create Route 100 petition
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.”
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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