Re­tired busi­ness­man Harry Steele su­ing over con­struc­tion on Gan­der’s Memo­rial Drive

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY JOSH HEALEY SALTWIRE NET­WORK

Re­tired busi­ness­man Harry Steele, 88, has filed a suit over work be­ing down near his home on Memo­rial Drive.

The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works is cur­rently con­struct­ing a new turnoff that would di­rect traf­fic at the in­ter­sec­tion of the Trans-Canada High­way and Magee Road in Gan­der.

The project was be­gun ear­lier in the year and, pre­vi­ously un­be­knownst to Steele, will di­rect a turn­ing lane di­rectly across from his res­i­dence.

Ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit filed in court, Steele only be­came aware of the de­vel­op­ment once con­struc­tion be­gan.

“The big­gest is­sue will be the head­lights shin­ing di­rectly into our front win­dow all hours of the night,” wrote Steele. “I do not feel it is fair that hav­ing lived in this res­i­dence for more than 40 years that we should now be sub­jected to this kind of ac­tiv­ity dur­ing our re­tire­ment years.”

Al­though Steele has had busi­ness in­ter­ests across North Amer­ica, he has al­ways main­tained his pri­mary res­i­dence in Gan­der.

Both John Steele and Rob Steele, Steele’s sons, also filed doc­u­ments at court in sup­port of their father’s suit.

In his af­fi­davit, John said that in an at­tempt to avoid lit­i­ga­tion, he made con­tact with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to ad­dress the is­sue.

“It be­came clear that of­fi­cials in the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works were not in­ter­ested in hav­ing any dis­cus­sions,” wrote John, who lives in St. John’s.

John sug­gested that the is­sue could be solved by mov­ing the en­try onto Memo­rial Drive 50 feet to the west.

Steele is ex­pected in court next week.

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