It was about 5 p.m. on Valentine's Day and we had just finished taping The Telegram panel for "Out of the Fog."
I was anxious to get home and celebrate V-Day with the family (not too mention enjoy Chinese food and chocolate).
But my rush was stalled by rush-hour traffic on Kenmount Road.
Holy trucks ... and cars and SUVs and cube vans.
The long line of vehicles was bumper to bumper, and moving slower than an anal bureaucrat.
It took me 12 minutes to get off the Woodgate Plaza parking lot, and I only got on Kenmount then because someone let me out. (Thank you buddy in reddish Subaru. I owe you big time.)
Once I was on the road a 20-minute drive home took six days.
OK, I'm exaggerating by five days and 23 hours, but it felt like that, and the point remains the same.
We have a congestion conundrum on Kenmount, and a large dollop of Vicks Vaporub isn't going to open the passages.
In fact, as subdivisions continue to sprout up in Paradise and C.B.S. like crocuses through the spring snow, the gridlock is only going to intensify.
Getting home to your family, loved ones, or pet will soon take a lot longer for anyone brave enough to travel Kenmount Slowed ... I mean Can't Mount Road ... oh, you know what I mean.
The solution: adding more lanes or twinning the road.
And I'm predicting the issue of who pays for the extra lanes will be tossed around like a hot spud over the next few years.
The City of St. John's will argue its neighbours should help pony-up because their residents — and more and more of them all the time — are responsible for a good chunk of the rush-hour traffic on Kenmount.
Mount Pearl, Paradise and Conception Bay South will counter the same point Mount Pearl has on the Team Gushue Highway extension — that it's a regional roadway and the province should foot the bill.
In November, while columnizing on this issue, colleague Ken Simmons suggested Mount Pearl's approach was right, that the regional road network has to be a provincial responsibility.
"Yes, the cities and towns involved will have to shoulder their share of the costs, but the province is the entity that needs to take control of this mess of a highway system, instead of dropping its responsibilities as it is working to do on the Conception Bay Highway," he wrote.
If that doesn't happen — and it likely won't any time soon — expect the standoff between St. John's and its neighbours to go on and on, like the line of vehicles heading up over Kenmount Hill at supper time.
Here's hoping I'm wrong, that the players don't get stuck in political traffic and instead work together to come up with a solution that corrects this snarl.
Because being stuck in rush-hour traffic for an hour is a painful waste of time, and nothing good can come of all those idling cars.
"It's not near as bad as Toronto," some might argue to dismiss the need to correct Kenmount.
To them, I say, "Let's always try to keep it that way."
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