Pothole-ridden road causes frustration for local residents

Jill Fowler
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Local MLA, however, says work wont be done until at least 2010

Pothole-ridden road causes frustration for local residents

SPENCER POINT ROAD, Colchester Co. - For the residents of Spencer Point Road there is only one way in and one way out. And it's up the wrong side of the road, through potholes as deep as 10 inches (25.5 cm) and along a farmer's field.
"Everybody has been complaining about the road," said Walter Millen, who lives at the end of the one kilometre stretch of highway, which is located about two kilometres from Great Village. "It's so bad. Everyone has to drive across the farmer's field next to the road. I even had to put brand new shocks on my truck."
Millen, 62, brought the problem to the attention of Colchester North MLA Karen Casey two years ago.
"She was notified and was in last fall and looked at it," said Millen. "She agreed that something had to be done, but since then nothing has been done."
Local resident Quincy Brown has a difficult time allowing his son to play alongside the dangerous road.
"He wiped out in one of the big holes on his dirt bike," said Brown. "We try to tell him to stay to the side, but really, there is no side anymore."
After Casey visited the site last fall, residents had agreed that a double-chip and fill solution would be
appropriate.
"But why haven't they fixed it yet?" wondered Millen.
The dead-end road, which leads to the shores of the Cobequid Bay, is a popular vacation spot for out-of-towners.
Sterling Dick travels from his home in Florida each summer.
"It's just lousy. It's ridiculous," said the 89-year-old. "I'm refusing to pay my taxes. I ain't gonna pay my taxes until it's fixed."
Dick is also worried somebody will be seriously injured while trying to avoid the potholes.
"They drive along the side so close to the edge someone is going to slide into the ditch one of these days," he said.
For cottager Janice Pearson, the poor condition of the road is extremely frustrating.
"I've got it pretty much mapped out where I gotta go when I drive here, up this side and across to that," she said, pointing across the road. "But I don't drive at night anymore. Nope I don't do it."
Casey, the interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, believes she has done everything she is able to do.
"I think we've done our part. We've let the regional office in Truro know that it is in need of repair, that (a double chip and seal) is a good solution and the residents would be happy with that," she explained, "and then (the regional office) has to submit that to Halifax and it will be considered from there.
"In the big scheme of things there are many submissions that come in from across the province and they have to make their decisions. It won't get approval this year. They've already determined what will get funded for this construction season, but we want to get it a priority ... for 2010. A process like this ... it normally takes at least a year."

jfowler@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Colchester Co., Progressive Conservative Party

Geographic location: SPENCER POINT ROAD, Great Village, Cobequid Bay Florida Truro Halifax

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  • dave
    January 18, 2010 - 10:17

    it's that good old multi million dollar stimulus program that the TDN was saying was so great yesterday at work - not.

  • john john
    January 18, 2010 - 10:16

    Roads with dense settlement on them (ie. more taxpayers) should have higher priority than those with a tiny population.

    And 100-series highways between major centres (ie. Halifax to Truro to Amherst and Moncton) should get higher priority than those that don't link major centres (ie. New Glasgow, Sydney, Bridgewater, Yarmouth, Kentville).

    You live on a rural road, be prepared for poor asphalt. The better option would be to return it to gravel. At least then you can run a grader on it every few weeks at minimal cost to the taxpayer.

  • d
    January 18, 2010 - 10:08

    hate to be devils advocate here but.......has anyone noticed all the paving that is going on in the county? There is quite a bit going on. People complained all winter about the potholes, which can't be fixed in teh wonter. Since the weather has turned, paving has resumed. Paving projects (like everyhting else in life) will work based on priority. Unfortunately for people in rural areas, this means they are less traveled roads and thus, likely at the bottom of the list. Now, everyone can respond to this post, blasting it and b*itching anc complaining, but in all seriousness, paving is taking place. People just love to complain, and that will never stop, not matter what. If all the roads in NS were paved simultaneosly and in perfect condition, people would start complaining about something else.
    thats just MY opinion, i could be wrong

  • Sarah
    January 18, 2010 - 09:58

    WHy is Mr. Brown's son driving a dirtbike on a public road anyhow?

  • Gerald
    January 18, 2010 - 09:55

    How bloody rediculous is this?! I'd bet the farm if JUST ONE of the regional politicians lived anywhere on that road it would have been fixed a long long time ago!! So Ms Casey don't bother with the feeble excuses and passing the buck....

  • Nic
    January 18, 2010 - 09:55

    That road actually looks better than the one in Princeport!

  • V
    January 18, 2010 - 09:53

    Those in rural areas are indeed home owners who have taxes go up every single year. Nova Scotia's rural roads are some of the most travelled trails along the shore, bringing in major tourism dollars. There are many reasons why rural roads are important to Nova Scotia.

    You put a person on a bike or a person walking a dog along this type of an area with a vehicle swerving to avoid the hole and you could have more than a busted shock or bent rim problem. I've seen this dangerous situation near my own rural home.

    Potholes happen but there is NO EXCUSE for dangerous road conditions anywhere in Nova Scotia -- rural, city or otherwise.

    Interestingly enough, Macleans magazine recently ran a story that marked Nova Scotia roads as the worst in all of Canada.

  • Sarah
    January 18, 2010 - 09:52

    WHy is Mr. Brown's son driving a dirtbike on a public road anyhow?

  • michelle
    January 18, 2010 - 09:49

    I agree this road should be fixed, I used to travel up this road quite a bit last year and it was bad, well the other day I was traveling up there for the first time this year, and oh they never fixed the road, so i'm smashing and banging no matter how slow you drive or how many times you swerve they cant be avoided, and excuses? well when the road is never fixed and there's always excuses why not to fix the road there's a problem! do you really blame everybody for not wanting to pay taxes? i know i wouldnt want to. Also what i dont understand any other province there's even 1 pot hole it's looked after! Do we have a bunch of slacker's or what?

  • mike
    January 18, 2010 - 09:49

    the roads in truro are bad because we have town workers trying to do the work,but they dont know how,seen them the other day threw some pavment down then drove over with there truck,maybe town employies should take some schooling from Will-Kare Paving

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 09:41

    I am kind of with d m; If the government bent a knee to every person who complained that their road should be fixed first; then there would be no money to fix the rest of them as they'd run out of funding pretty quick, thus they have to have a priority system in place.. I mean really..come on.. do you really want to pay higher taxes just to keep *your* road pothole free? And to pay no taxes at all will not get your road completed any faster, it will land you with an audit. As D M said, everyone is treating this as if they are sitting around doing nothing, but if you take a look around, you will notice a lot of paving going on.

    ON the other hand, I do feel for the residents of this road; its an unfortunate situation and they are exercising their right to complain.

    Lastly, To Mr. Brown : word of advice : it's illegal to drive a dirtbike on a public road and you shouldn't even be having a hard time letting your son play on it.

  • flogger
    January 18, 2010 - 09:37

    Potholes and rough roads? Drive through Truro sometime! Why town crews dig up sections of town streets and leave them open and unpaved (with no 'Bump Ahead' signs) is beyond me. Want to see shoddy road/street work? ... visit Truro. Disgraceful.