Drivers say construction area is confusing, some motorists going too fast
© Star photo by Paul Hutchings
A repaving project between Pynn’s Brook and Deer Lake is set to be completed in the next week or so. Drivers have been complaining that with the extra signage it can be confusing to drive through.
DEER LAKE Road re-surfacing on the Trans-Canada Highway is causing headaches for drivers, who say signage is confusing and other drivers are moving too fast.
Workers are replacing the asphalt on the highway between Deer Lake and Pynn’s Brook. Detours into oncoming lanes have been created with workers bearing stop signs to help direct traffic on duty but some drivers say it’s just too much.
“They took up so much, maybe they just should have done smaller sections at a time,” said St. Judes resident Tania George. “It’s not very well labeled out there and they really need to work on that, but at least we don’t have to go through Pasadena now.”
George was driving through the zone from Corner Brook. She said she noticed other motorists driving way too fast, including truck drivers.
“The signs say 50 and no passing, and I slow down but then other people fly past me as if I was stopped,” she said.
Driver Edmund Bennett agreed with George.
“There’s some people out here, you better watch out, they’re going way too fast,” he said. “I follow the speed limits as best as I can and I’m still getting people passing me.”
The Deer Lake RCMP has been monitoring the situation off and on since construction began earlier this month. Sgt. Terry Foster said there have been two motor vehicle collisions in the area since the project began, and police have been handing out tickets for offences like failure to obey flag persons, passing in a construction zone when not permitted and cell phone use behind the wheel.
Just because you’re driving slow, he inferred, doesn’t mean you get talk on the phone.
“I think the majority of motorists are adhering to the rules but there are exceptions,” he said. “It’s about the safety of the workers on that road and the motorists traveling through it.”
He said he was unsure of how many offences have been handed out in the area but said there is a police presence there and fines are doubled in construction zones.
A spokesperson for the Transportation Department said the project is on schedule and should wrap up on time in the next week or so.