Unacceptable road delays

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Lunchtime Sunday I hugged my elderly mother goodbye and watched as she pulled out of a Deer Lake driveway bound for St. John’s.

Lunchtime Sunday I hugged my elderly mother goodbye and watched as she pulled out of a Deer Lake driveway bound for St. John’s.

Over six hours later, she was only as far as Clarenville!

The problem was not moose, gas or drunken drivers causing an accident. 

The problem was a horrible two-hour construction delay near Port Blandford. 

Who in the Department of Transportation thinks it’s a good plan to delay hundreds of long-weekend travellers to this completely unreasonable extent?

Shame on the minister for allowing such chaos on our only east-west artery. Construction is, of course, a good thing, but would a delay like this ever be tolerated in Ontario or Quebec?

Absolutely not!

Geoff Peters

Kippens

Organizations: Department of Transportation

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Clarenville, Port Blandford Ontario Quebec

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  • Ben
    October 19, 2013 - 15:13

    Two things...Dept of Transportation has nothing to do with this section of the road, it's Federal! And another thing...how would one expect to do any repairs on the road without any delays? Geoff...you should go to Ontario sometime, this is a regular occurrence. I swear some people think you can do repairs without any interruptions! I guess it's something else to complain about. We all know there are road repairs going on, thus we need to allow for delays when travelling.

  • Corporate Psycho
    October 17, 2013 - 16:37

    What's the alternative? Unacceptable roads?

  • Eli
    October 17, 2013 - 10:27

    Our roadwork is similar to how it was done in the 50' & 60's. Contractors just don't give a shag because there are little or no regulations to control their conduct.

  • Tismeby
    October 17, 2013 - 09:20

    I got stuck at a culvert replacement on the TCH near Benton (15min from Gander) for almost two hours one weekday evening in early August. Much too long a delay.

  • Mr. Squeaker
    October 17, 2013 - 04:55

    Nobody thinks it’s a good plan to delay hundreds of long-weekend travellers to this completely unreasonable extent. Lack of a plan is the cause, not over planning. Ontario or Quebec have other highways besides the TCH. The chaos in CBS this week has overshadowed this. Hug your Mom a little extra and realize that we all got it pretty damn good, if this is al there is to complain about.