Some people living in Portugal Cove South say a fix coming to a portion of the road leading to Mistaken Point isn't enough to allow tourists to visit the site.

Gertie Molloy, chair of the Cape Race Heritage group, said the sites won't get nearly as much tourist visitation because the roads are impassable.

"Cape Race Heritage is here to develop the area, to preserve and protect it of course, but also to develop it and to bring economic benefits into the community," said Molloy.

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A washed-out section of the dirt road that leads to Mistaken Point. (CBC)

"If we can't get our staff out there, it means a lot to our organization because that's what we're all about, is we interpret Cape Race to visitors, we encourage them to come to show what we have at Cape Race. There's a lot of history at Cape Race."

The provincial government issued a tender for work that will fix the first 17 kilometres of the road up to Mistaken Point, but the remaining four kilometres to Cape Race will remain in the current condition.

The tender is set to close June 12, and by the time the work is done, a portion of the summer will already be over.

According to Molloy, that will leave a lot of tourists disappointed at being unable to visit the sites.

"This year, it seems like it's been the worst than it has been in years. This is the first time that they've actually stopped tours to Mistaken Point because it's not really safe for staff or visitors to be going out that road," she said.

Molloy added the group may have to rethink the number of summer students it hires this summer; fewer tourists as word of the roads gets out would mean less income for the group.