Nova Scotia

School buses pulled from pothole-ridden road

Potholes have forced the South Shore Regional School Board to pull their school buses from a road in Rhodes Corner, N.S.

Potholes have forced the South Shore Regional School Board to pull their school buses from a road in Rhodes Corner, N.S.

Up until earlier this week, 11 students on Hirtle road used to go to school on three different school buses.

"Our main concern is student safety," said Norm Stableford, the transportation co-ordinator for the South Shore Regional School Board.

"The buses are going into really deep potholes, rocking back and forth and students could bang their heads and possibly get hurt, so we decided to pull them off."

Stableford said sending buses on bad roads is hard on their equipment.

A crew from the Department of Transportation graded part of the road on Monday, but a department spokesperson said work on the rest of the road will not be completed until Hirtle Road dries up. There are currently no plans to do any major upgrades to the road, according to the department.

Patrick Ring, who moved his family back to Nova Scotia after living in Ontario for several years, has to drive his two kids four kilometres to the nearest bus stop now that the school bus has stopped running on Hirtle Road.

"You get very, very frustrated by it," said Ring.

"You make a conscious decision to bring your family back to Nova Scotia to live where you grew up and you get the door slammed in your face by a provincial department."

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