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In 2011 the Nova Scotia government got back into the paving business after 18 years away, saying the province could save millions by doing some projects on its own. (CBC)

A Cape Breton MLA is calling for an independent review of roadwork done recently on Isle Madame, saying the NDP government's chip-sealing process is making the roads worse.

Michel Samson said his constituents are upset.

"They’re complaining about the whole process. When the work was done, the amount of chips that were flying and causing damage to windshields and to vehicles, loose gravel that still is on the roads, and the quality of the surface itself, which is now quite bumpy and certainly nowhere near what was there before the work started," said Samson.

The MLA for Richmond County said the province needs to undertake an immediate review of the chip-sealing project to see what can be done to fix the issues.

In 2011 the NDP government created an 11-member chip-sealing crew because it said private road builders were overcharging the government in some parts of the province.

Officials with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal said the creation of the crew was a success because it forced private road builders to lower their prices. But the opposition and members of the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association criticized the work, saying the government's chip-sealing operation didn't meet the targets it promised.

The NDP government was also accused of influencing a decision to chip-seal a section of Renfrew Road in East Hants, which leads to the home of John MacDonell — the Minister of Agriculture and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.