An Irishtown woman has a message for city officials — “take care of all of the streets in Corner Brook, not just a select few.”
Kelly Park’s words come after her vehicle went off the road on Riverside Drive Saturday night.
“Riverside Drive is never taken care of and it never has been. And I don’t know if anybody at the depot can tell you why, because I would like to know why it is that they’re not taking care of Riverside Drive,” said Park.
She said it’s a well-used road by people on both sides of the bay and deserves more attention.
“The road is not maintained on a well enough basis, so therefore what happens is as it thaws and cools and thaws and cools it becomes this washboardy situation.”
Park said she was driving near the old train station at 9 p.m. Saturday when she hit an icy and bumpy section of the road.
She said there was no salt on the road at the time. “And I just lost control of my vehicle.”
Park said she basically hydroplaned. “Because all four of my tires lifted off at the same time.”
Her vehicle ended up teetering on a snowbank.
Park’s 12-year-old son Ryan was in the vehicle with her and, while they weren’t injured, he was shaken by the ordeal.
“I was stuck on the road, and all I was worried about was can I get out of it and is my car driveable,” Park said.
A local autobody shop estimates the damage to Park’s vehicle at about $3,000. The bumper was torn off, there’s damage to one side and the windshield washer fluid container ripped apart.
Since Park’s accident her husband Rodney also almost lost control on the road on Tuesday and he saw an SUV that had hit a sign on the road after losing control on the icy surface.
Her husband has contacted the City of Corner Brook to complain about the condition of the road and to find out what was needed to file a claim for the damages.
He was told to take pictures of the vehicle and include a note of what happened. A detailed explanation of the city’s claims policy can be found at www.cornerbrook.com/policies.
While her insurance will cover the work, Park hopes it won’t have to be used and that the city will cover the cost.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the city said crews planned to use a cutting blade to try and fix the road on Wednesday night. She said the icy conditions were a “natural occurrence” that resulted from recent freezing and thawing and then freezing again.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said it had not received any calls related to incidents on the road in the past seven days.
How to submit a claim:
Claims should be in the form of a letter and must include:
— A specific description of the incident
— Date and time the incident occurred
— Names of witnesses and their contact information
— Amount being claimed
— Copies of receipts
— Photos related to the incident Exact location of the incident
— Your name, contact information
— Mail the claim to: City Clerk’s Office, 5 Park Street, PO Box 1080, Corner Brook, NL, A2H 6E1.
Source: City of Corner Brook