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
"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."