Residents worry about condition of rural road
The Department of Transportation says there is no money for maintenance of Route 895
People who live along Route 895 South, south of Petitcodiac, have safety concerns about the condition of their rural road, but the Department of Transportation says there is no funding available for immediate improvements.
George Jonah lives along the road and says overgrown brush is affecting visibility on the narrow, winding road.
He says it's difficult and dangerous for drivers to manoeuvre.
"When you see a school bus driving along the highway and you meet them and you've got branches banging off the side of the bus and the roof it must be hell for those kids in that bus," said Jonah.
"Plus there are many, many transports on this route and there's just not enough room."
Lawson Porter, who also lives along Route 895, says the road needs immediate attention.
"Some of the trees that are overhanging the road, the ditches have all grown up and you almost have to drive down the middle of the road to avoid getting clipped with some of the branches and that could cause some accidents," said Lawson
Jonah is also concerned about rocks sliding down a steep wall of stone that runs alongside the road.
"There's a lot more up there to come down and I don't want to be on the road coming by when it does come down because you'll never have a chance," said Jonah.
Province looking at erosion
Jonah has called his MLA Wayne Steeves and the Department of Transportation with his concerns but says so far no improvements have been made.
"I don't know what more a person can do. I mean I'm just trying to let them know before something really does happen and it's just bound to."
Steeves says he has visited Route 895 South with an engineer and a representative from NB Power.
He is trying to find funding to make improvements by cutting the brush back, but says no funding is currently available and none of the repairs are urgent.
The Department of Transportation is aware of the condition of Route 895 and says patching was completed earlier in the summer.
Staff have also recently inspected a section of the road where erosion has occurred, which the department blames on a wet summer with heavy rains.
A statement from the Department of Transportation says it is currently looking into what work needs to be done to address the situation.
"We pay taxes for these [roads] and there's nothing else we really get out of our money," said Jonah.