It is time to twin the Trans-Canada

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To the editor,
The Trans-Canada Highway connects one end of Canada to the other. It is Canada’s major roadway.

The majority of this is twinned, allowing each direction of traffic its own highway. Separating travellers from oncoming traffic thus making for safer travel.

However, there are still a few parts of the Trans Canada that are yet to be twinned. A dreaded SINGLE LANE HIGHWAY. Between Sutherlands River and James River, Antigonish, 37 kilometres to be exact, it is still a single lane highway. 

Sadly this stretch of highway has claimed many lives. Possibly, some of these lives could have been spared had the highway been twinned. With the onset of summer and increased traffic my hope is that this stretch of highway does not lay further claim to drivers.

is time… time for our government devise a plan to twin this highway within the next five years. 

This will benefit you the reader, your family members and your friends that have all had occasion to travel on this highway. This is for the safety of all.

Please let your MLA know that action needs to be taken. A plan needs to be put into place by our provincial government then acted upon. Twinning is not a luxury, it is a necessity. You can make a difference, we all have a voice.

Tammy MacLaren, New Glasgow

Mom, driver, voter, taxpayer

Organizations: Trans-Canada

Geographic location: Sutherlands River, James River, New Glasgow

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  • Katherine
    June 17, 2014 - 00:22

    I have driven that stretch of highway dozens and dozens of times, and the only times I have been concerned for my safety has been due to the irresponsibility of other drivers. As JLM said, many people drive far too fast for that section of highway, and that's even before other dangerous behaviours I have seen. I've been passed on a curve on a double yellow line by someone going at least 120 kmh. I've been passed by drivers going at least 120 kmh alone more times than I can count. I have seen people texting, putting on makeup, rolling cigarettes. I've driven after dark and been passed by vehicles that didn't have their headlights on. Drivers need to be more responsible. And, yes, on that section of the 104, they need to slow down. Especially in poor weather. Speeding along at 130 kmh is bad enough on a straight stretch, but with the curves of that section of highway, it's simply foolish and unnecessary.

  • JLM
    June 09, 2014 - 14:06

    Tammy, is that dreaded single lane highway new? In my mind, the problem is not the highway that has been there (and one-lane each direction) for a long time - it's the growing impatience of the drivers and their inattention. In this day of instant gratification, we should all just slow down a bit and worry about getting places in one piece instead of trying to break speed records getting there the quickest.