Tired of ‘nightmare’ road
Okay, so I am probably as patient as the next person, maybe more so. When it comes to the Lake George, Lake Annis Road, I have reached the limit.
Tired of worrying about getting stuck in the mud, especially at night. I have missed work, which none of us can afford to do. Damaged my vehicle. I have been stuck in the road more times than I can count. Every year it’s the same nightmare.
When my daughter was about four and we had to go to town, the poor child would cry and scream as we tried to make our way over the road. She would keep screaming over and over, “Please Mommy, please let me out. I want to walk, please.” That still brings tears to my eyes. At the time, we had an Econoline fan, which sits much higher than vans today. We still hit the bottom all the time. So you can figure at least two-and-a-half feet of mud.
Now in the spring family and friends cannot visit because of the roads. How do they figure ambulances can make it over them?
Over the past 35 years we have stopped the school bus and traffic on our road, picketed the depart- ment of transportation and written many letters. One I still have dated back to 2012 from Zach Churchill with attached letters from the department of transportation telling me why our road will not be fixed. Stating that our roads are in desperate need of repair.
Nova Scotia has given millions of dollars to fix “rural roads.” In the dictionary, “rural” means “of or relating to country, country people.” Now I haven’t seen country roads getting repair. Just highways and town roads except for the Mood Road, but that road has a provincial park on it.
A few weeks ago, while a gentle- man was pulling me out of the ditch, as the ice and snow-covered craters tossed me in the ditch, he told me that they were going to fix our road within five years. Well we have put in our five years seven times now. We are done waiting. The hell of these roads can only be imagined by the government. It is nothing compared to the hell we actually driving live each spring.
Zach Churchill even mentioned in a speech last time he was looking to be re-elected how desperately the road needs repair. It was desperate enough to get himself re-elected but not enough to do anything about it.
Now I am saying to Zach Church- ill we are very tired of waiting for this nightmare to end. It’s time to put your money where your mouth is. I called his office this year to complain and didn’t even get a call back.
We are not waiting anymore. This is crazy to have to go through this in the 21st century. If the road doesn’t get fixed soon, we certainly will remember Zach Churchill come next election. That includes our family and friends that can’t visit in the spring.
Desperately tired of the nightmare. Robin Dupuis Norwood