Pe­ti­tion cir­cu­lat­ing to im­prove light­ing on Hamil­ton River Road

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY EVAN CAREEN

A lo­cal man has started a pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing yet an­other pedes­trian-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion on Hamil­ton River Road.

Brian Davis of Happy Val­leyGoose Bay said while the lat­est in­ci­dent spurred his de­ci­sion it has been on his mind for some time. Since the road is a high­way, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, not the town, which is an is­sue in other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties as well. Davis said Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay is unique, though.

“In some towns you have sev­eral dif­fer­ent routes that you can take through town but here in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay Hamil­ton River Road ties to­gether the sec­tions of town. You have no choice but to use that road.”

The hand­writ­ten pe­ti­tion iden­ti­fies two spe­cific ar­eas of con­cern, Churchill Street and Kel­land Drive, and has five re­quests of the prov­ince. To in­stall traf­fic sig­nal lights with pedes­trian sig­nals at those in­ter­sec­tions, to in­stall a pedes­trian ac­ti­vated sig­nal lights near the en­trance to the Labrador Health Cen­tre, to in­stall in­creased and brighter light­ing along Hamil­ton River Road near all in­ter­sec­tions and cross­walks and to equip the ex­ist­ing traf­fic lights where Tenth Street and Lor­ing Drive in­ter­sect with Hamil­ton River Road with in­ter­sec­tion cross­walks and pedes­trian sig­nals.

Davis said he’s hop­ing a grass­roots move­ment, some­thing com­ing di­rectly from ci­ti­zens, might put a lit­tle more pres­sure on the gov­ern­ment. He said he’s had a very pos­i­tive re­sponse and has re­ceived lots of feed­back re­gard­ing other ar­eas peo­ple would like to see more light­ing. He said he wanted to keep this pe­ti­tion spe­cific to Hamil­ton River Road both be­cause it can­not be in­ter­preted in any way other than in­tended and be­cause he sees it as the big­gest area of con­cern.

“There’s ob­vi­ously an is­sue there. What’s there isn’t good enough so it’s about safety, it’s about lives,” he said. “My un­der­stand­ing one of the is­sues is that (the De­part­ment of) Trans­porta­tion and Works keep say­ing there’s not enough traf­fic to war­rant any fur­ther traf­fic lights. I’d like to get the bot­tom of that and see what those num­bers are. Is that pol­icy? Is it some­thing that can be changed in leg­is­la­tion?”

He said he has had some help get­ting the word out with lo­cal busi­nesses com­ing on board. He hopes to get 3,000 to 4,000 sig­na­tures, a clear ma­jor­ity of the vot­ing pub­lic. He said if any­one wants to help him get the word out they can just con­tact him in per­son or on­line.

SUB­MIT­TED

Brian Davis is cir­cu­lat­ing a pe­ti­tion to give to the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing light­ing on Hamil­ton River Road.

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