The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) has jumped into discussions on the state of infrastructure in Placentia, releasing a statement claiming “significant road maintenance” is needed in the coming months.
NAPE president Carol Furlong is pushing for government to commit to the road work.
She wants to see the work completed by employees at the highway depot in Placentia, even though the depot is scheduled to be closed “in the near future.”
“Since the residents of Placentia are forced to use a secondary, unpaved, gravel road, government must address the need for a proper maintenance crew to ensure the secondary road is maintained over the summer,” Furlong said, referring to restrictions currently imposed upon users of the Placentia bridge.
“The people of Placentia will have to rely on highway workers from the Whitbourne depot who cannot possibly carry out the major work required in the Placentia area and maintain their own area as well,” she said.
“There is a possibility that suppliers of goods and services to the area will refuse to travel over such a gravel road, particularly if highway workers are not left in place to continually upgrade and maintain it. Surely, at a time when our province has a booming economy, the people of the province deserve better.”