Eddie Joyce, Opposition Transportation and Works Critic and MHA for the
District of Bay of Islands, says rushed pavement jobs on the Trans Canada
Highway between St. Johnís and Goobies are falling apart, damaging vehicles
and creating road hazards during winter driving conditions.
and December, government approved paving projects on sections of the Trans
Canada Highway on the Avalon Peninsula. This work was rushed and is now
causing problems for motorists. Large sections of the new pavement has
deteriorated and begun breaking off in pieces hitting windshields of
vehicles. In addition, sections of the divided highway have only one newly
paved lane which has created uneven amounts of pavement in different
sections of highway. This has resulted in hazardous driving conditions.
"Government has created road conditions that are compromising winter
driving safety," said Mr. Joyce. "Instead of doing the proper paving job,
the cosmetic job that was done late last year is falling apart. I have
already received calls from individuals who have had pieces of pavement
flick onto their windshields. Each time the plow clears the highway, more of
this pavement is getting ripped up. This pavement was poorly laid and
rushed, and it now appears the road is in worse condition than before the
pavement was laid.
"It is obvious that this paving project was done in haste and not up to
the proper standards for the highways in this province. It appears the
minister was trying to lay this pavement to give the appearance of actually
doing something in the department, and to deflect attention from the closure
of the highways depots announced by this government. Unfortunately, what we
have now are millions of dollars that were wasted. This pavement will have
to ripped up again and replaced. This is not an effective usage of road
"Instead of laying political pavement late in the year, I suggest the
minister begin making proper investments where road improvements are needed.
Spending millions of dollars on pavement projects that will not last is a
total waste of money."