‘An accident wait­ing to hap­pen’

NDP leader says Amish con­cerned over poor pave­ment

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY MITCH MACDON­ALD Mitchell.macdon­ald@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/Mitch_PEI

The leader of the pro­vin­cial NDP says a worn-out Kings County road is an accident wait­ing to hap­pen and has ex­pressed par­tic­u­lar con­cerns for the area’s Amish pop­u­la­tion.

Mike Red­mond re­leased an open let­ter invit­ing Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Paula Big­gar to drive on the Broth­ers Road between Route 3 and the 48 Road to “pro­vide feed­back to the res­i­dents who must tra­verse this road every day.”

In ad­di­tion to safety con­cerns, Red­mond said many res­i­dents have ex­pe­ri­enced dam­age to their ve­hi­cles.

Af­ter speak­ing to the com­mu­nity’s grow­ing Amish pop­u­la­tion, Red­mond said they have also had dam­age to their carts as well as in­juries to their horses.

“They’ve had horses walk­ing on a limp com­ing off that road and that’s some­thing they have to be very con­cerned about,” said Red­mond, who also lives in the area. “It’s an accident wait­ing to hap­pen… I’m con­cerned some­one is go­ing to get hurt.”

Red­mond said the province has filled about 350 pot­holes in the road this sum­mer.

“But that’s not re­solv­ing the issue be­cause it’s such a heav­ily traf­ficked road, it just seems to be get­ting worse and worse,” said Red­mond, adding that driv­ers have be­gun us­ing the shoul­der of the road.

A spokesper­son for the depart­ment said there are plans to pave a 900-me­tre sec­tion of the north­ern end of Broth­ers Road later this sum­mer.

The spokesper­son said the re­main­der of the road, in­clud­ing the sec­tion Red­mond re­ferred to, will be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion when de­vel­op­ing the 2018 road main­te­nance pro­gram.

The spokesper­son also said the province will in­vest $5.5 mil­lion in the pro­vin­cial paving pro­gram this year to resur­face between 70 and 80 km of se­condary roads. An ad­di­tional $1.2 mil­lion will be used to place 10,000 tons of as­phalt patch­ing.

Red­mond ques­tioned whether the province’s cur­rent road main­te­nance strat­egy is work­ing.

He said his re­sponse is to en­cour­age any­one who has re­ceived ve­hi­cle dam­age on the road to put in a claim to the province.

“I think if the province starts hav­ing to pay out claims it might get their at­ten­tion and force the issue,” said Red­mond, adding that the road doesn’t help en­tice oth­ers to move into the com­mu­nity. “Hav­ing ac­ces­si­ble roads that are safe is im­por­tant to our com­mu­nity. If they’re not get­ting fixed, that’s prob­lem­atic.”

Mike Red­mond

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