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MONTAGUE — Patching crews are always a welcome sign of spring across the province, but town council here says at least two main roads need a complete facelift.
That is especially so since cavernous cavities peppering the highway into Montague and one of the main thoroughfares in the community are wreaking havoc on local vehicles.
“They are in deplorable condition and they are far beyond just needing a patch job,’’ Coun. John MacFarlane during council’s meeting here Monday.
MacFarlane was referring to Highway 4, the main road into town, and Fraser Street, which government said would be redone following the demolition of the old high school.
“The manhole at the corner of School Street and Fraser has a six-inch pothole almost half way around it,’’ said MacFarlane.
Many a school bus and car or truck has learned how to avoid that pothole, which is considered the worst in the town.
Highway 4 also took a major beating from a savage winter and while patching has been done this spring in the worst section, council agreed much of the road needs to be replaced.
“Patching is not suitable for some of the damage,’’ said MacFarlane noting the roadway is used by thousands of vehicles including heavy trucks.
Government has advised the town there are no plans to budget for rebuilding roads this year.