End­less de­lays with con­struc­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

The con­struc­tion zones on P.E.I. dur­ing the summer months are hor­ren­dous. It seems that no mat­ter which route you take, to any des­ti­na­tion, there is a backup of traf­fic be­sides the roads that are in need of re­pair­ing.

Al­though we are in­formed about these con­struc­tion sites, sug­ges­tions to ‘take an al­ter­na­tive route’ is a great idea un­til you come to the re­al­iza­tion that the sug­gested al­ter­na­tive route is also un­der con­struc­tion and has not saved you any time at all. It seems that all of the main high­ways on P.E.I. are un­der con­struc­tion all summer long.

In fact, some of the con­struc­tion com­pleted on these roads is not only un­nec­es­sary, but these roads are left in an even worse con­di­tion than be­fore the con­struc­tion. For ex­am­ple, an in­ter­sec­tion in Winsloe was un­der con­struc­tion and now has a gap in the mid­dle of it that is 1-2 inches deeper than the road it­self. How­ever, prior to the con­struc­tion, there were no is­sues with these in­ter­sec­tions.

There have al­ready been mul­ti­ple protests about roads on P.E.I., leav­ing a sub­stan­tial amount of dam­ages to cars due to the large crevices in the roads. How­ever, it seems that not much has been chang­ing to pre­vent these in­ci­dents from hap­pen­ing. By fo­cus­ing on the roads that need work rather than all the main high­ways, these in­ci­dents would lessen. Prob­lems could be solved by of­fer­ing a sur­vey to the res­i­dents of P.E.I. be­fore the con­struc­tion sea­son be­gins.

Ja­clyn Par­sons,

UPEI stu­dent

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