There was a lot said about the poor state of local roads during the recent byelection campaign in the St. George’s-Stephenville East District.
That was especially evident in more rural areas of the district, with all three candidates hearing about the deplorable state of some of the roads and people’s concerns for having repairs done to them.
The roads in this district are not the only ones in the province in need of repair, but the concerns are still real when vehicles are being damaged and a dangerous area in St. Teresa with about half the road missing from a washout.
The Progressive Conservatives promised in late March that construction would begin soon on the Noel’s Pond Bypass, a major new road to eliminate an area in the community that experiences flooding on a fairly regular basis.
Nick McGrath, minister of Transportation and Works, went to Stephenville to make the announcement on the work at a Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
From the time the announcement was made by McGrath to now, five months have elapsed and still no equipment has been seen on that section of road.
The first announcement on a realignment of that road took place in 2011, but concerns about the area have been expressed by executive members of the chamber of commerce about the need for improvements to this road well before that.
The Progressive Conservatives should now get in gear and make some of the improvements to roads a reality.
The colour of the political strip should have nothing to do with the need for road work. Let’s hope the province proves that in Noel’s Pond.