Humber Heights residents want their roads fixed

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Residents of Osmond’s Avenue, Smith’s Road, Townview Road and Piercey’s Lane signed a petition recently calling on the City of Corner Brook to install curbs and storm drains in the area.

Residents in an area of the Humber Heights say it’s time the City of Corner Brook did something about their roads.

Forty-five people from Osmond’s Avenue, Smith’s Road, Townview Road and Piercey’s Lane signed a petition recently calling on the city to install curbs and storm drains in the area.

“We are in desperate need of upgrades to the roads in our area because of an ongoing problem with flooding, especially during the spring thaw and heavy rains. Our area has never had curbs or storm drains to divert water away from basements,” said the petition circulated in the area and presented at last Monday night’s Corner Brook City Council meeting.

Osmond’s Avenue resident Sandra Hamilton was one of those who brought the petition around to neighbours. She’s lived in the area since 1992, first on Smith’s Road and for the last eight on Osmond’s Avenue.

“When there’s a heavy rain there’s nowhere for the water to go,” Hamilton said. “And when it goes in people’s gardens it floods everybody out.”

Hamilton said with nowhere to go the water ends up in basements. She’s got a sump pump and hasn’t had her basement flood, but others in the area haven’t been so lucky.

She said there’s a hole across the street from her that the water piles up in and ends up coming across towards her property.

The petition came about following a heavy rain earlier this spring that caused a quick thaw of the snow. She said the city was called and at first told the residents there was nothing it could do.

“At the time the water was going everywhere, then they decided to put the (sand) bags across the street,” said Hamilton.

The idea was to divert the water to a ditch.

“But it was only so much that would go in the ditch,” she said.

Hamilton said the condition of the road itself is also very bad.

“There’s a lot of holes in the road,” she said. “It needs something done.”

Neighbour Janet Wells agrees.

She’s lived on Townview Road for 20 years and said better drainage, culverts and curbs have been needed since she moved to the area.

“But that was kind of pie in the sky, but now it’s become a real issue,” she said.

“The roads up here, the pavement itself is deplorable ... it’s just down to the gravel,” Wells said.

“There’s been nothing done with the roads to improve them at all.”

Coun. Tony Buckle is the chair of the city’s operational services committee. He said the concerns on the petition will be discussed at the committee’s next meeting.

“The staff will go up and look at the whole area and see what’s happening up there,” Buckle said.

Staff will then make a recommendation on what should be done and it will then be put on a list of work that’s needed around the city.

However, he said it could be some time before the work gets done.

“One of these days they will get their work done,” he said “It’s going to take a little while, but their name is there now. The area is marked down.”

Organizations: Corner Brook City Council

Geographic location: Humber Heights, Townview Road, Corner Brook

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  • Henry
    May 12, 2014 - 11:21

    I got news for you Humber Heights, all residential streets need to be upgraded with new curbs, gutters and fresh blacktop. The city is in terrible condition all over. We cannot just repair streets based on petitions only. What about the of us? We have similar conditions. I want the city to complete inspections all over this city with a view to correcting infrastructure. One residential street over another should not benefit more then another. Petition or not... It would be a sad day indeed that streets would be upgraded by petition....