Judy Foote, MHA for the District of Grand Bank, calls governmentís
allocation of funding for road work in her district deficient and
"The gap between what was needed for road work in the
District of Grand Bank and what was funded in this yearís announcement will
leave many sections of road still in bad shape and raises concerns for the
safety of those who travel on them," says Foote. " In addition to the
motorists who travel Routes 210 and 220 daily for work and medical
treatments, busses carry children from their communities to schools daily.
"The majority of the funding announced by the Minister of Transportation
and Works for the District of Grand Bank will go for bridge work.
Undoubtedly, it is important that this work be done, however, it is equally
important that enough funding be allocated to make the roads safe. While it
is understood that all of the repairs necessary cannot be carried out in one
year, what has been allocated falls short of what this government could have
provided, given the amount that will be spent on road work in the province
this year. Clearly, this government is not treating the people of the
District of Grand Bank fairly," states Foote.
"There are patches of road in the District of Grand Bank that require
serious upgrades despite the considerable amount of money that was spent by
the previous administration on the roads in the district. Unless the
government is willing to spend some of its new found wealth to carry out the
necessary repairs, motorists will have to contend with deplorable road
conditions for at least another year and possibly longer.
"I am pleased that there will be more work carried out on Route 220 from
Epworth to St. Lawrence. There are sections of Route 220 from St. Lawrence
to Lawn and Point May to Lamaline that are in terrible shape as well and
could have been dealt with in this budget that the minister continues to
boast about. I have no problem with the ministerís boasting if the money
will indeed be spent and is distributed fairly throughout the province.
While I appreciate the work done on Route 210 from Winterland to Garnish
last year, it fell far short of what was needed especially when you look at
the condition of the road from the turn off to Garnish to the turn off to
"If this government is not prepared to provide a reasonable amount of the
funding they have allocated for road work throughout the province for the
roads in the District of Grand Bank, then I suggest they should consider
charging less in fees to the people who live and work there, fees that were
raised by this government. People living in my district pay the same $180
for vehicle registration and 16.5 cents gas tax and ought to be treated
fairly by a government who claims to be using a significant portion of the
extra money coming into the province to boost its roads budget."