Rocky "Plan B" road only temporary, province says

Ryan Ross
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The construction process might have been a little rocky, but the drive on part of the Trans-Canada Highway isn’t any smoother thanks to bumps on the section of road known as Plan B.

Some drivers on the new, $16-million highway, which opened to traffic along the entire stretch in the fall, have been left wondering why it is so bumpy, considering it is was only recently paved.


Steve Yeo, the province’s chief engineer, said when construction is done late in the season there are often what he called “frost differentials” or heaving.

“I fully expected that to happen,” he said.

Construction on the highway began in 2012 after protests shut it down temporarily and it officially opened in October 2013 from one end of the realignment to the other.

Some drivers have since been complaining about how uneven and bumpy the road has become.

Yeo said the areas that were paved last were the worst sections near New Haven and in the Bonshaw area.

It’s because the moisture didn’t have time to dry and settle so it’s consistent, Yeo said.

“I fully expected that to happen,” Steve Yeo, the province’s chief engineer

“Under the asphalt you get pockets of higher moisture content, which when it freezes raises more.”

Yeo said roads typically rise about three inches in the winter when they freeze, but when that happens it’s usually consistent across the entire road.

Another layer of asphalt will be laid on the road this year and Yeo said when people drive on the highway next winter they won’t see the bumps that are there now.

“You’ll see a consistent heave across the whole mat,” he said.




Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: New Haven, Bonshaw

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  • Powderhorn
    February 24, 2014 - 10:57

    OMG!! Just had my first drive over that stretch on the weekend...Holy's a wonder noone hasn't sued the government for whiplash....I have driven over highways all across this country and beyond and have never seen anything as bad as is Mr Yeo saying that the entire stretch of road was paved late in the season? Don't think so. What a waste and example of's more to be pitied than to be angry..what a sorry lot!

  • Captain Canuck
    February 04, 2014 - 13:52

    LOL LOL LOL LOLLLLL ha haaaaa. AND - "Another layer of asphalt will be laid on the road this year and when people drive on the highway next winter they won’t see the bumps that are there now." HAHAHAAAAAAAA

  • reality check
    February 03, 2014 - 14:34

    PEI road builders === WORST EVER !! Honest to God, why are these idiotic companies over here still in business? And the govt? What's up with them? Idiots -- all around. Nincompoops hired by nincompoops.

  • fred
    February 03, 2014 - 11:05

    Well ;that;s quite an excuse. What a waste of 22 million dollars .I guess it;s time to move on to plan C then plan D ,E ,F ,G

  • don
    February 03, 2014 - 10:26

    it must be the car or the camera operator never he road it was done and ok by the worlds smartest people ghiz and his gang and Steve Yeo, the province’s chief engineer. we know it must be perfect. lol

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    February 03, 2014 - 09:04

    So this is the type of road construction that $8 million buys . With comments like this from chief Engineers it would appear that the wrong person is holding this job “I fully expected that to happen,” Steve Yeo, the province’s chief engineer If you totaly expected it too happen then why do it . Was this not a waste of taxpayers money and seeing as this will have to be repaved will it not be a further waste of taxpayers money . Heads should roll over this boondongle along with Dept heads shuffled .

  • the most toys wins
    February 03, 2014 - 08:45

    I remember listening to one of the real experts explain the richness of the Bonshaw area, especially in springs. He showed a map that showed their locations and it also showed how the old road had been in the perfect location to avoid them. This road completely ignored them and barreled right over what looked like as many as possible. Happy 'spring' driving people. I believe, it's only just begun.

    February 03, 2014 - 08:44

    The layer that Mr. Yeo speaks about above being put down this year I am assuming is part of the origional contract and the money is not an adition cost to Island Tax payers. Can Mr Yeo please address this please.

    • Not likely
      February 03, 2014 - 11:10

      Most likely hidden costs.

  • Jon
    February 03, 2014 - 08:18

    Great - unwanted, not needed and not built right...great work TIR!

  • Could It Be
    February 03, 2014 - 08:17

    Just a though , could it be that the contractor cut corners on the base fill ???? $16 million and we have to repave again after less than a year . Looks like we the taxpayer got shafted once again to make someone rich .

  • Just an observation!
    February 03, 2014 - 07:53

    So you award a job through patronage for construction of plan B and the ashphalt doesn't stand up for even a few months and you claim it's because it ran late into the season. Perhaps you need to come up with a different recipe for ashphalt since it is the province that dictates the mix! Brings back memories of the bypass foolishness!!!!

  • Stewart Smith
    February 03, 2014 - 07:23

    So we haven't finished paying for Plan B yet! It was a waste of money in the first place!

  • New Haven
    February 03, 2014 - 06:27

    I guess the only positive from the new safer highway being so rough is that it has slowed the traffic down to about 90kph going thru New Haven... someone is going to be killed entering this highway from the Colville road or leaving Gass' General Store with the speed of traffic. Thanks for making a drive thru this community like Russian Roulette!

  • rob
    February 02, 2014 - 23:13

    must be nice to own a asphalt company in pei. do a sub par job and keep getting contracts every year.

  • Really?
    February 02, 2014 - 21:34

    12 million? Where did you get your numbers from? Its way more then that-report things properly Guardian.

  • Athol Vessey
    February 02, 2014 - 21:29

    That has to be the only road on the whole Island that you can do that.