Gas tax refund to be spent on paving

Paul Hutchings
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DEER LAKE — The town received about $190,000 in the form of a gas tax refund, which it plans to utilize for paving on Trailer Court Road and Wight's Road.

Both roads currently have some of the worse driving conditions in terms of dips and potholes in Deer Lake. Commerce Street, which joins with Trailer Court Road, was repaved about three years ago but Coun. Elmo Bingle said there wasn't enough in the budget to continue paving all the way up to Wight's Road.

Residents say they're happy their street is getting some attention.

"I suppose there are a lot of other streets that need to be done," said Trailer Court Road resident Stephen Rowsell. "But if the town sees our street as a priority then that's a bonus for us."

Rowsell said his street tends to get very busy because it is so close to the business area that contains Tim Hortons and other restaurants. Some residents in the area have complained about fast drivers going through the neighbourhood in the past, and Rowsell said he hopes everyone slows down when the new pavement is placed.

"People have to respect it's a residential area and not a main throughway," said Rowsell. "As long as the speed stays slow, we should be OK."

Bingle said Reid's Lane, which connects with Wight's Road, was another candidate for repaving. But it was decided that Reid's Lane would be done next year, with some pre-work to be completed this year.

"The public works department will get Reid's Lane prepared to bring it up the standard of paving," said Bingle.

"They'll have to put in storm sewers, install a couple of culverts and fix some dips in the road."

Organizations: Tim Hortons

Geographic location: Trailer Court Road, DEER LAKE

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