Passing lanes absent in east

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Editor: The Guardian front page headline the other day and your editorial today talk about the new millions announced for P.E.I. highway projects from the government. Funny, I always thought it was our money (the taxpayers) who paid for these projects.

What I am continually surprised to see (other than the seemingly bottomless pit for asphalt work) is the silence from eastern P.E.I.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there is a solitary two-lane passing zone on Route 2 from Charlottetown to Souris. Yet, take Route 2 west through Hunter River, etc. and there is an abundance of two-lane passing zones.

What gives? Are eastern Islanders more relaxed in their driving? It amazes me when I head east on business, that typical cruising speed is 80-90 km/hr in a 90 zone and few seem to mind. Yet, when I’m going west, if you do 100 km in a 90 zone, people are passing you by the dozens.

Heading east, add a lot of tourist traffic and throw in a few farm tractors and you’ve got the recipe for some narrow escapes. Cars going to Souris to catch the ferry to the Magdalenes don’t have the same patience as someone quietly heading for the nearest post office to pick up the mail.

And no thanks, we don’t need a roundabout at the entrance to Mount Stewart.

Lloyd Kerry,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Hunter River, Eastern Islanders

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