Individuals protesting the controversial "Plan B" highway realignment project blow up balloons and hand out stickers during a rally in front of the Windsor Motel & Lodge Saturday. Guardian photo
NEW HAVEN - Protesters of the Plan B highway realignment say they are setting up camp in a private woodlot near the work site in order to continue monitoring the project.
More than 100 protesters gathered at the Windsor Motel & Lodge in New Haven Saturday to continue voicing their opposition against the multi-million dollar realignment.
The group was originally going to meet at the parking lot of a former amusement park in the area, but it had been barricaded off before they arrived Saturday morning.
“We have a government who’s making a series of incredibly bad choices,” said organizer Chris Ortenburger at the rally.
The protest saw several speeches in front of the motel before walking down to the amusement park. The group later went up Peters Road to a piece of privately-owned property where some members of the group will be setting up camp.
“It’s private property,” said Ortenburger. “So there’s not an issue with being asked to move.”
Saturday was the third consecutive day that protesters were around the site. Thursday and Friday both saw RCMP order a work stoppage when protestors got too close to heavy machinery and caused safety concerns.
Fences were then put along the area to keep protestors out of the site.
RCMP were also in the area Saturday, although no heavy machinery was being operated.
The project, which is being cost-shared through the provincial and federal governments, has seen much criticism since being announced earlier this year.
A key criticism of the project was the price tag, which was originally said to be $16 million shared between both levels of government. However, the province announced shortly before work began that it had already spent approximately another $4 million to acquire the land.
More on this story as it develops