The province can’t maintain its ditches

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My letter’s title should probably read “won’t” instead of can’t. This letter’s purpose is to bring to light a truly unacceptable condition that exists along a stretch of Highway 148.

My letter’s title should probably read “won’t” instead of can’t. This letter’s purpose is to bring to light a truly unacceptable condition that exists along a stretch of Highway 148. The area of concern is on Kennedy Road, located in the Municipality of Pontiac, where an obstructed sightline exists when looking west from Kennedy road towards east-bound traffic.
Anyone driving large equipment is a prime candidate for getting into a rather risky situation when attempting to cross the highway at that intersection. In what we in the community always considered to be a provincially maintained ditch, there is substantial growth that blocks one’s vision when checking for oncoming traffic. There are several young elms, a pine tree, and quite a few sumacs.
After a couple of inquiring phone calls to Transport Quebec, one would have thought that some affirmative action would have been carried out. After my two recent calls of complaint, a spokesperson reached me one afternoon. When we had discussed the issue I’ve outlined, he simply stated that this was not a provincial responsibility, but rather a municipal one. For a province that prides itself on promoting public safety, the Department’s viewpoint leaves one wondering who is in charge.
If there ever is a serious collision at that crossing, the present condition of that ditch will undoubtedly play a role. It will be a bit too late to start the finger pointing then. I hope this letter catches the right bureaucrats attention soon.

B. MacDonald