George Sweeney, MHA for the District of Carbonear-Harbour Grace, says
governmentís roads infrastructure investment into the District of
Carbonear-Harbour Grace is shameful and shows a callous disregard for the
public safety of people living in the Conception Bay North area.
are many roads in our district that require significant upgrades," said Mr.
Sweeney. "It is unfortunate that this government does not recognize this
need, as demonstrated by their pathetic announcement yesterday. The
Department of Transportation and Works has received numerous complaints from
people living in our region and I am very disappointed that they refused to
acknowledge that our road infrastructure is in desperate need of repair."
Sweeney referenced the poor condition of Route 70 through Victoria and
Salmon Cove; the state of total disrepair of Harvey Street in Harbour Grace;
two dangerous intersections that require traffic lights, Harvey Street and
Veteranís Memorial Drive, and Columbus Drive near the Trinity Conception
Square in Carbonear; and street lights are also needed in two areas of
Harbour Grace that are very dangerous during night time hours
"Route 70 and Harvey Street are in terrible condition. Potholes and
cracks are creating major problems on both roads and are posing safety
hazards for motorists. Since the Veteranís Memorial Highway opened,
government has done little in making improvements to Harvey Street which
used to serve as the Conception Bay North Highway. In addition, two major
intersections at Harvey Street and Veteranís Memorial Highway and Columbus
Drive near the Trinity Conception Square are an accident waiting to happen.
Traffic lights should be installed at both intersections to protect the
traveling public. Two areas in Harbour Grace also require street lights near
the Kyle and by Incinerator Road.
"If Minister Taylor does not recognize the need that exists in this area,
I suggest he come drive the roads in Cabonear-Harbour Grace District and
experience the problems first-hand. Maybe if he gets a flat tire or damages
his car like so many other residents of Conception Bay North, he may stop
playing politics with these road announcements."