Vice-chief concerned about public’s safety on St. Teresa road

Frank Gale
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Spring erosion has eaten away about half the road at a section in St. Teresa. Joanne Miles wants it fixed before school starts.

Joanne Miles sees it as an emergency situation. The vice-chief of the Flat Bay Indian Band Council, the only governing body in the Flat Bay West-St. Teresa area, said she’s concerned about the safety of people on the road in St. Teresa because of a partial washout.

The issue, which has been dragging on since last spring, needs to be dealt with before schools open Sept. 3 because the bus operator says he won’t drive on the section of road in its current condition.

Miles wonders where that leaves the people who live in the area, especially if there is more erosion, which would cut people from the community off from the rest of the world.

Miles said she’s tired of being ignored, especially when it comes to safety of the residents who don’t want any more “band-aid patches” from the Transportation and Works Department.

Dave Callahan owns the busing company that has the route to St. Teresa. He said he will not put his bus over that road unless it is repaired.

“I wouldn’t put my own child on that road,” he said. “I’m certainly not going to put a group of children at risk by having my bus drive over it.”

Callahan says all road crews have done since the spring is put a load of fill in the hole. He said an eight-foot hole still remains with half the road missing.

The section of road is located in the middle of a blind hill, he added, making it even more dangerous. He said these are road conditions you’d expect in a Third World country, and shouldn’t exist here.

Callahan said the Department of Transportation and Works has a pit with lots of material near the beginning of Flat Bay Road, so it would only take road workers a short run of about nine kilometres to fill in the ditch and make it safe.

Organizations: Flat Bay Indian Band Council, Department of Transportation and Works

Geographic location: Teresa, Flat Bay West, Flat Bay Road

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