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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?

No thanks.

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.


Bill Westcott

Clarke’s Beach

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Holyrood

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Recent comments

  • Cashin Delaney
    November 03, 2013 - 19:51

    Well, take the old road, it is better, less cops around, take your time, stay sober. "I call upon the minister in charge of highways to do something soon to correct this dangerous situation." Invocation, even evocation, might get some arcane spirit to come to your aid, but I don't believe the MHAs and their favorite pavement contractors operate on the same plane! This "drawing down the asphalt" ritual may have some effect, who knows. Thanks for trying Magus Bill! The devil knows we could use some blacktop magic right now.

  • Mr Tom
    November 03, 2013 - 18:59

    One way to reduce rutting is to use rubber asphalt which is to mix rubber crumb from waste tires with normal asphalt mix. A new company is setting up in Bishop's Falls to use the waste tires normally shipped to Quebec to provide exactly that. Rubber asphalt could be available for use as early as late spring next year. It is much safer, environmentally friendly and more economical to use, and used in other parts of Canada.

  • Frank M
    November 02, 2013 - 17:44

    The only reason that there has been so much emphasis on moose is because of the relentless crusade of the talk show darling Eugene Nippard. He is so intent on hoodwinking the populace into garnering more free money for himself and his family that his daily calls to Open Whine have become commonplace and nauseating. If you believe Eugene there is a moose lurking behind every bush waiting to pounce on unsuspecting drivers. He for some reason chooses to ignore the 95% of highway deaths associated with anything other than moose. But such is the reality these days, where everything that happens is someone else's fault but our own.