Resident struggling to have road repaired

Colin MacLean
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AMHERST?POINT - John Dickinson has been fighting to get the Amherst Point Road repaired for four years and still sees no end in sight.
The road was last paved back in the '60s and has rarely been serviced since. It's crumbling under the weight of transport trucks, neglect and lacks proper guardrails in some places, said Dickinson.
"It's a pretty dismal situation."
Back when the road was first paved, they used a mixture of sand and cement. But that isn't strong enough for the amount of trucks that pass over the road, he said.
And The Rainbow Bridge isn't designed to handle the weight of larger trucks.
"So all the trucks that come up this way have to come down our road."
Though since the bridge was repaired there has been less car traffic coming down the road, he said.
The Dickinsons have made numerous inquires and requests to government officials but are not happy with the results.
"Ernie Fage told us originally last year our road would be repaired and it wasn't," said Dickinson.
When asked how that made him feel he said, "you don't want to know."
Maintaining our roads is an ongoing process, said Fage, MLA for Cumberland North.
They can't all be done at once, there's just not enough time or money, he said.
"I'm doing my best to make sure it's on the agenda.
And I do know it's being looked at for consideration," he said.
A lot of work has been done on the roads around Amherst in recent years, but it comes down to available funding to keep expanding on that, said Fage.

Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland North

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