Plan B at Strathgartney is totally unnecessary considering the expense of tax dollars and the destruction of homes and farmland for that short distance. When the alignment is done, I would be surprised if more than two minutes of travel time is saved — perhaps only one minute.
We are told there are more accidents on this section than on other parts of the Trans-Canada Highway. One person was killed there in the last 10 years. I would like to know how many accidents happen in the Clyde River-New Haven section, as I know there have been several traffic fatalities in that area.
I was talking with a transport truck driver who said if they would cut 100 feet off both curves at Strathgartney and grade the road properly, there would be no problems with winter driving. There is another bad curve about one kilometre east of that area and this, too, could be improved by placing the fill from Strathgartney curves in this other area.
It is estimated that this work will cost $20 million to $24 million and it could be $30 million plus in cost over-runs. Is it worth spending this amount of money when improvements could be made with much less expenditure of tax dollars and destruction of property?