Lodge Road in deplorable condition

Pictou-Advocate-opinion

To the Editor:

“You’re fired” are the words we used to hear from now, President Trump on his celebrity TV show, The Apprentice and they are words that someone here in Pictou County desperately needs to hear.

Someone’s head needs to roll for the poor condition of Lodge Road and the way it’s been left in that condition in all seasons over the past two or more years and especially for the initial hundred or so feet where it connects with the main paved Three Brooks Road which runs between Pictou and the PEI Ferry terminal.

It takes about 30 seconds to carefully navigate the unimaginable number of deep potholes that have been allowed to develop clustered in that short space. They’ve become impossible to avoid and yesterday our disability van with its lowered floor bottomed twice which I’m sure scrapes off our rust proofing.

Who is responsible for proper maintenance of roads in Pictou County? Is it a provincial or a municipal responsibility? I don’t know. However, someone needs to deal with this.

So, I call upon either Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane or District 3 County Councillor Darla MacKeil to look into this totally unacceptable situation.

The road is also an embarrassment as in season, tourists and others access the wonderful Pictou Lodge accommodations and dining facility over the Lodge’s well maintained one way private road. The Pictou Lodge is the gem of our Pictou County tourist facilities. It’s where Prime Minister Mulroney and his wife stayed when he first entered Canada’s Parliament as our federal representative for Central Nova. So it gives our area a real black eye when tourists must exit the facility via this poorly maintained Lodge Road.

Ralph Ferguson

Pictou

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Heather Brimicombe
Heather Brimicombe is a Pictou County native and graduate from the University of King's College in Halifax with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree as well as a combined major in Sustainability. She has previously won a Canadian Communities Newspapers award for a multimedia feature and was part of a team nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalism data award in the investigative category. Photography, art, sports and outdoor activities are all hobbies of hers as well as crafting, and baking.