Nfld. & Labrador

Liberals trying to connect with bridge promise

The Liberals hope a promise to fix provincial infrastructure will help them increase the number of seats they hold in the house of assembly.
Kevin Aylward near the Main Gut Bridge in western Newfoundland on Tuesday. (Carolyn Ray/ CBC)

The Liberals hope a promise to fix provincial infrastructure will help them increase the number of seats they hold in the house of assembly after Oct. 11.

While campaigning in western Newfoundland on Tuesday, the party heard concerns about a structure that connects communities near Stephenville.

Residents said pieces of concrete have been falling off from the Main Gut Bridge for many years.

Resident Jim Wagg told CBC News he refuses to drive on the bridge.

"The Liberals can't fix it, the PC's can't fix it and they got all the money. Liberals are not going to get in. So it's not going to be fixed," Wagg said.

Another resident Dave Kane said he's organized a campaign calling for bridge repairs, but the government has ignored it. 

"Right now, we've got more than 3,000 signatures to get something done with that bridge," he said.

Liberal Leader Kevin Aylward accused the PCs of only fixing roads in areas that supported them.

"It could be a danger to the public. I question the criteria they're using at this point," he said.

Aylward said he'd make sure the Main Gut Bridge is fixed. 

He said the Liberals would start announcing new projects three years before they begin, so people will know when, or if, their areas will see repairs.

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