Poor traffic planning by MacLauchlan government fails residents: Fox
York – The MacLauchlan government needs to do a better job engaging the public on traffic disruptions caused by road construction, says Opposition Leader Jamie Fox.
Fox made his comments following a public meeting held last evening on a proposed seven week detour of traffic on the Covehead Road for a replacement of the York Bridge, scheduled to begin on September 6. Government first advised the community about the project and the public meeting on Friday, August 26.
“This is a case of poor planning plain and simple. Area residents learned about this project through a Facebook post from government last Friday. The local community council, the fire service, the local school, and area farms and businesses were totally caught off guard by the construction schedule and traffic detour. Maybe that explains why the Minister and the Premier who happens to be the area MLA couldn’t be bothered to attend the public meeting,” said Fox.
Fox noted that the area is heavily traveled during this time of year by school buses, farm equipment, and the nearby area fire department on occasion. Residents, businesses and first responders learned that a 20 kilometer detour will be in place during the seven week construction period.
“The detour plan government chose will cause disruptions for students and increase costs for local farmers. If government had been less secretive and engaged the community earlier a more workable traffic solution could have been found,” said Fox.