Emera will fix road dam­age

Road con­di­tions de­scribed as worst they have ever been in Cape Ray

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHANTELLE MACISAAC chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

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.

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