I am writing in response to the several articles in the paper the last several weeks regarding the road conditions of Route 430 from Plum Point to Roddickton/Englee. As already noted the roads are deplorable and continuing to deteriorate at an accelerated rate. The roads are getting so treacherous that our children and youth are even complaining. This past school year, grade seven students at Cloud River Academy were asked to write a journal entry about an issue of concern that they would like to advocate for change. This is the entry my daughter Tori Hillier wrote and shared with her class. I think this article speaks volumes as it shows just how big of a concern our road ways are - even our children are pleading with government asking for help to restore our roads. This is the article she wrote. "The Northern Peninsula cross country roads are horrible. There are pot holes and ruts everywhere in the road. You have to drive in the opposite lane to dodge the holes. If you are going across the country road your car could be ruined because there are many places where the bottom of your car bangs off the road. You might also bust a tire. I’m ashamed of those roads and so are a lot of other people from this area. I feel it is also affecting our tourism. Tour buses and tourist with big campers won’t come across country because it is causing damage to their vehicles. I think that Government should put some money into redoing the roads. I know we are living in rural Newfoundlandbut we still deserve to have decent roads too."
Roddickton-Bide Arm, NL