“You don't have enough hours left in the day, my son,” acting chair Ray Murphy said with a laugh when asked to outline the committee's problems with Route 100.
Murphy and fellow committee member Keith Pearson, also the town's deputy mayor, recently attended a meeting at the office of MHA Sherry Gambin-Walsh. Also present Sept. 13 were two supervisors from the Department of Transportation and Works, and a town representative. The meeting gave a chance for all parties to discuss the handling of the summer maintenance program.
At the beginning of August, the committee drafted a wish list of 15 items and submitted it to the Department of Transportation and Works. Most maintenance issues revolve around the stretch of highway passing through Dunville.
The committee has identified issues with lines, signage, ditching, asphalt, guardrails, noise and catch basins, amongst other areas.
“Even safety – people don't want to walk the road in Dunville,” said Murphy, who was once the town's mayor before it amalgamated with Placentia.
Asked how many items on the committee's wish list were addressed prior to the meeting, Murphy said very little was dealt with.
“The day before the meeting, we had some marker signs and pylons put up,” he said. “We had a stop sign put up where Route 91 meets Route 100. The sign had been down for five years … And they put down some asphalt in a little part of town, but they need a lot more. Everything they did was piecemeal.”
The department has agreed to share data collected from a mobile solar sign, which displays and tracks the speed of motorists, with the committee. Otherwise, Murphy was ultimately left unsatisfied by what was said at the meeting.
“We were glad to get the meeting, but a hell of a lot wasn't accomplished, no.”
In previous years, the Placentia depot for servicing provincial roads and highways has shut down in April before reopening in October. The committee has scheduled a meeting for Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Dunville Lions Club to update the public. Murphy expects reactivation of the Placentia depot for the winter maintenance program to be a major topic at the meeting.
“We're going to push the department some more,” he said.
The Compass attempted to contact MHA Gambin-Walsh, but she could not be reached for comment.