Queen-Shelburne MLA Sterling Belliveau.
By Greg Bennett
Queens-Shelburne MLA Sterling Belliveau says a decision to tear up the asphalt and turn parts of Highway 203 between Kemptville to Shelburne back into gravel road is “a backward step.”
Belliveau says he had been informed previously that sections of the road would either be chip sealed or paved. Yesterday he was informed that the province intends on tearing out the pavement completely.
“It concerns me the Liberal government is trying to save money on the backs of rural communities,” said Belliveau. “In the last few years about 18 kilometres of Hwy 203 have been repaved but I guess the Liberals aren’t interested in finishing the job.”
Large sections of the upper reaches of the road, known locally as the Tin Mine Road, are barely passable by car and there are large ruts and chunks of pavement for drivers to negotiate.
While admitting that the highway is in desperate need of attention, Belliveau said chip seal would be a much better, albeit more expensive alternative.
“Anyone who lives on gravel roads knows that this is the wrong decision,” noted Belliveau. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”