The Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's has a growing traffic problem that's become so serious that the deputy mayor says many residents are afraid to walk on their own roads.

"This area... by the ferry terminal is absolutely treacherous," Gavin Will said.

The main road through the town has become a drag strip, and with no sidewalks, Will said it has become a dangerous place to walk.

He said a $500,000 provincial government fix of traffic flow in and out of the ferry terminal two years ago hasn't worked. 

"They basically flushed the money down the drain," Will said. 

Will ran for a seat on the town council of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's last year with the promise to address the growing traffic problem in his community.

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Portugal Cove-St. Philip's Deputy Mayor Gavin Will says a $500,000 provincial government fix of traffic flow in and out of the ferry terminal two years ago has not worked. (CBC)

A meeting held last week with government officials to discuss solutions produced no commitments, and Will said he realized he can't do it on his own.

"They heard our concerns. They said they're going to look into the issue, but made no commitments, but said very plainly, they were going to make no commitments. I want a commitment," he said. 

"We really have to get the public involved. It's not good enough for local politicians like myself to speak with government because we're too easily dismissed."

The public will have a chance to speak about the issue at a meeting that's planned for Wednesday night.

The new Pedestrian Safety Community Group will meet at the town's recreation centre at 7:30 p.m. Town council members and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary will be on hand to discuss residents' concerns.