Anyone who has ever taken a drive on the Lower Maccan Road knows how bad the experience can be. Sure, the scenery is nice with its views of the Bay of Fundy and the marshland outside Amherst, but constant pounding of bouncing up and down and into small vehicle-swallowing potholes has left many residents wondering what it’s going to take for government to finally do something about what is now officially Nova Scotia’s worst road.
A month-long competition, sponsored by the Canadian Automobile Association’s Atlantic office, wrapped up with the Lower Maccan Road firmly established in second place behind the Beaverbank Road in Miramichi, N.B.
It has been 20 years since any major repaving has been done on the 16-kilometre road that runs from Maccan to Strathcona. Residents have pleaded, begged and cajoled government to rebuild the road from one end to the other and all they’ve received is some minor patchwork.
By participating in the Worst Roads Campaign, they were hoping to embarrass the province into acting because nothing else has worked.
When the CAA kicked off the program, its Atlantic Canadian spokesperson Gary Howard said other campaigns across Canada have resulted in a new attitude toward road maintenance. In many cases it led to more asphalt, mainly because of the media awareness the campaign raises. The campaign puts a focus on problem and dangerous road conditions in the Atlantic region.
Residents have tried everything to get government to act and they can’t accept government statements that it’s either too expensive to fix or is not a high priority because of low traffic volumes. They have waited long enough and they are determined that government is going to listen.
It seems in this squeaky wheel gets the grease environment, government will do more than apply a little grease to quiet these concerns. As several residents have pointed out, it’s their turn for attention and nothing more than a plan to repave this road will suffice.