Emera will fix road damage
Road conditions described as worst they have ever been in Cape Ray
Residents of Cape Ray are concerned over the condition of the roads in the community and want Emera to fulfil its promises to fix them.
Local Service District committee member Paul Tavernor said the committee has received many complaints about the condition of the road and wonder about the long-term effects.
Many people took to the community page set up on Facebook to voice those concerns.
Renee Ford said a recent drive around the community left her wondering if the roads were going to be fixed, as originally stated by Emera.
Likewise, Jacklyn Stansbury voiced concerns for tourists this year, saying she couldn’t imagine driving over the roads with a trailer in tow.
The company, which is currently working on the Maritime Link Project in the community, made a commitment to fix any damage incurred from the project.
Anne Osmond, chair of the Local Service District, posted a copy of the letter received from Emera’s manager of environmental compliance, Rebekah Cluett-Chan, to the Facebook page. It was dated March 15 and addressed to the Local Service District.
“You may recall Route 408 is the responsibility of the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Transportation and Public Works. However, Emera NL completed a road assessment prior to the start of work at Cape Ray and committed to repairing road damage caused directly by its work on the project,” wrote Cluett-Chan in the letter.
Based on that information, in October of 2015 Emera asked Marine Contractors to do temporary repairs on the road. The repairs addressed potholes and rough patches caused by Emera’s work.
Cluett-Chan wanted to assure residents similar work will be completed this year as road conditions are deemed suitable.
Jeff Myrick, communications and public affairs manager for Emera, echoed that assurance.
“We are very much committed to the local community and take all concerns into consideration,” said Myrick. “Right now, there is a lot of frost and we will be back in after the winter conditions allow to look at similar work to October.”
Burgeo–La Poile MHA Andrew Parsons said he keeps good communication with the Local Service District and has seen the posts on Facebook.
“Technically speaking, nobody has called or emailed me with any concerns,” said Parsons. “I did tell them in the past, given the amount of work being done, I would be after the company to put the road back in good condition.”
Parsons said Cape Ray is not alone in terms of roads with issues in the province.
“Given the winter we have had, we can consider it a bad year of potholes and other conditions,” he said.
“We are very much committed to the local community and take all concerns into consideration.” Jeff Myrick, communications and public affairs manager for Emera
Potholes and rough road conditions are causing concerns for residents of Cape Ray.