Residents more concerned about issue of culvert flooding in community
© Frank Gale
Anna Bensette and Howard Gallant of Three Rock Cove want larger culverts at a brook in their community.
THREE ROCK COVE — While Anna Bensette of Three Rock Cove is appreciative that several kilometres of road leading into her community will be paved, she has an even more urgent concern.
She said the culverts at a brook in the community need to be larger and, with floods at that location three to four times a year, this is more serious stuff.
“The water backs up there during heavy rains because the culverts there now just can’t handle it,” she said. “There’s about 10 houses along that strip that could be affected by this. I hope they (government) do something soon because a lot of people get caught on one side or the other when that flooding occurs.”
Bensette made the comments following an announcement by Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis on Wednesday that a contract has been awarded to Humber Valley Paving to do paving on Route 463 near Three Rock Cove, and on Route 460 near Gaudon’s Brook in Kippens. The contract is valued at more than $944,000.
“Our government continues to deliver on a long list of priority transportation projects like the $944,000 in these road improvements,” Davis said during a press conference at the Three Rock Cove Community Centre. Davis said since 2003, Transportation and Works has spent $8.7 million in the Port au Port District.
Howard Gallant, another resident of Three Rock Cove, agreed it was good to see some paving coming, but said it’s not enough.
“It’s a start, and it looks like they chose the worst part of the road to do first because when your going out or coming into the community, it’s like an obstacle course on that section,” he said.
Gallant agreed there needs to be something done with the culvert issue and that it’s a real problem at certain times of the year.
While addressing the nearly 30 people that came out for the announcement, Davis told them that it costs a lot of money to build bridges and put in other structures as compared to just putting down blacktop. He said it’s important to do replace culverts and bridges, but the high costs of those projects makes them more prohibitive.
Following the press conference, Bensette made her concerns about the culverts known to Davis.