Tired of ‘night­mare’ road

Tri-County Vanguard - - OPINION -

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

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