There has been much emphasis on moose on our highways and the inevitable dangers associated with them, including death.
There is another serious hazard on our Trans-Canada Highway, as well.
I’m referring to those ruts in the pavement that, in some cases, are several inches deep. They are risky enough to negotiate on dry sunny days but when it rains they are treacherous.
Recently, I drove from St. John’s to Clarke’s Beach on a rainy afternoon.
I don’t know what had my heart in my throat more, looking out for moose or manoeuvring the water-filled ruts in the road.
They are ever-present, especially from Paddy’s Pond to the Holyrood access road.
It’s an eerie feeling when the tires set themselves into those ruts. To me it feels somewhat like something is taking control of the steering wheel. At times my vehicle rocked like a subway train.
I call upon the minister in charge of highways to do something soon to correct this dangerous situation.
I am glad I am retired, as I just can’t imagine travelling over that road in those conditions throughout the winter.
Water in the ruts is hazardous enough, but ice?
If and when I need to get to St. John’s I will use Route 60, commonly known as “the old road.”
A safer trip, but I should not have to do that if our TCH was kept up to the highway standards we deserve, just like those of our mainland counterparts.