Letter: There is reason to be concerned about rural roads --MLA

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I want to thank  Mr. Walt MacDonald for his letter regarding the condition of the Lockes Island Road and the Ferry West Road.

 Nova Scotians have reason to be worried about the state of our rural roads. With the Liberal government’s $15 million cut to the paving budget and its decision to revert paved roads back to gravel, there is cause for concern.

 As a result of Mr. MacDonald’s letter, in the legislature I read a resolution and asked the Transportation Minister to evaluate the state of our local roads and let the community know when required repairs would be completed as part of a multi-year rural road plan.

 Unfortunately, the Liberal government voted against my resolution. That being said, I am going to continue to push the Liberal government to implement a multi-year rural road plan and give greater attention to the Ferry West Road, the Lockes Island Road and others like it in Queens-Shelburne.

 From 2009-2013 Nova Scotia introduced the four largest paving budgets in Nova Scotia’s history. A lot was accomplished but there is still much more work that needs to be done. I’m going to do everything possible to ensure the Liberals don’t return to their policies of the 1990s, when they made the decision to stop paving rural roads.

 Sterling Belliveau

MLA, Queens –Shelburne


Geographic location: Lockes Island Road, Ferry West Road, Nova Scotia Queens-Shelburne

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  • Rebecca MacKenzie
    May 16, 2014 - 10:51

    The thing that Mr. Belliveau fails to acknowledge is if there was a five year plan for local roads, like the one he is asking for, and these roads mentioned about, Lockes Island Road and the Ferry West Road, were not on that plan. Then these folks living on those roads wouldn't have anything done to their road until at least 2019! The would have to put up with the current condition for 5 more years!!! A five year plan for local roads is a bad idea, and it's unfortunate that the MLA can't see this.

  • dale nickerson
    May 09, 2014 - 13:11

    With gas, ever increasing, prices & half of that cost going to taxes & those taxes suposedly going to our roads, we should have the best roads in the world. but as we all know, we dont! we have a high school on a dead end road that is in complete state of decay & most of the time only gets plowed in the winter after someone calls & complains. After the plow does arrive it leaves behind 50% of the snow ,due to the ruts in the road, the plow can not reach it. therefore leaving huge patches of ice everywhere. its been one party after another dropping the ball on this issue. one of my faves is Mr. Dexter buying millions of dollars worth of brand new equipment & getting the gov. into the paving business AGAIN! Instead of putting that money into our roads. We all know how much of failure they were the first time. ( and at every other business they got into except the NSLC) Its our taxes paying for the roads, please give us what we deserve!