Published on October 03, 2013
Work is carried out near Octagon Pond at the intersection of Glenderek Drive. Traffic delays, congestion and potholes due to road construction on Topsail Road in Paradise is generating concern about safe driving.
Published on October 03, 2013
This map of Paradise and area shows two detours residents are asked to take while work is being carried out on Topsail Road.
Town says it is keeping an eye on construction
Road Construction in Paradise is creating a dangerous situation for drivers, and it is up to the town to make Topsail Road a safer place for traffic, says a resident who has complained to the town twice in two weeks about her concerns.
“The state of Topsail Road this past week is terrible, and completely unacceptable, again with the deep and numerous potholes,” Anne Marie Mackey said in an email to The Telegram.
“Driving the road is a danger and a risk to people and vehicles and it is shameful for the council (and the hired construction company) to not be managing the road and construction better. The side of the road along Octagon Pond, leaving Paradise, is almost undrivable for a car, and so narrow and full of extremely deep potholes it causes traffic to drive on the opposite side of the road, going into C.B.S. (near Marie’s). This is not good enough,” Mackey wrote.
Rod Cumby, the town’s chief administration officer, said the town and the construction company are aware of the many concerns and complaints expressed to the town by residents about the road work throughout Paradise this summer.
“I know we have had issues there, and they were certainly exacerbated by the rain,” he told The Telegram Wednesday.
“Last week when we had all of the rain it was hard to keep up with it. There was so much mud, and as the cars and trucks were driving over the potholes, they would appear almost as quickly as we could fill them in,” Cumby said.
He said the town and the company are on it, and they have inspectors onsite to monitor the situation, and workers have been asked to make sure the road is graded and the holes are filled.
“We’ll have them there more than we have had, and we’ll be keeping a closer eye on it than in the past,” said Cumby.
This is basically what Mackey has asked the town to do.
“Please have Topsail Road cleaned up on a daily basis by filling in the potholes and ensuring the road is safe and passable,” Mackey said in her letter to The Telegram
“It is not rocket science, overly costly or time consuming and the rain cannot be used as an excuse because the problem goes beyond the weather. Are you waiting for a fatality or lawsuit? Be pro-active and responsible to your position and take care of this (primary) road. It does not take a lot to have the crew throw some fill in the holes throughout the day, only good work ethic,” she wrote.
Mayor-elect Dan Bobbett says he understands residents’ concerns and the town has asked the contractor to fill the potholes daily and keep it in better shape for all vehicles.
Paradise is in the middle of Phase 2 of a road-widening project on Topsail Road. Phase 2 is one kilometre west from McNamara Drive to Glenelder Drive, next to Marie’s Mini Mart across from Octagon Pond, and it is causing delays and traffic to be rerouted.
Residents in the area of Lakeside and Vista Crest subdivisions, Octagon and Clearview heights, and nearby streets have been advised to be aware of the two detour routes — up Stanhope Drive, over Lanark Drive, down Anquille Avenue and out Octagon Heights; and up Clearview Heights, over Mallow Drive, down Anquille Avenue and out Octagon Heights.
“Traffic is being diverted off Topsail Road. We open the road as much as we can, because obviously putting traffic through residential streets can cause another set of problems so we try not to do it, but we have to do it sometimes because we have to get the traffic away from the parts of Topsail Road that we’re widening,” explained Cumby.
The town says the intention is to use the detours during loading and off-loading of trucks and materials when traffic is not permitted into the construction zone.
Paradise has installed additional signage, reduced speed limits, temporary no parking areas and a speed radar sign with public notice in the areas affected by construction detours. The town has also requested and received additional patrols by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and by its own municipal enforcement officers.
To add fuel to the fire, Cumby said the town is also doing some resurfacing on Kenmount Road near the Outer Ring Road, is causing major traffic delays in the morning.
As a result he said the town decided Wednesday to suspended all work on it between the hours of 7-9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. for the next couple of days while further solutions to the traffic congestion are being evaluated.
Businesses in the area said while there have been some issues with potholes and dust, overall it is what is to be expected with road improvements.
Cumby said the first base coat of the new pavement should be finished by Nov. 15. Work will then begin on curbs and gutters on the widened road.