Twinning the Trans-Canada – statistics do not lie!

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To the editor,
Between Sutherlands River and Antigonish the Trans-Canada Highway is a single lane highway for 37 kilometres.

On this section of highway, my research reveals that since 2009 there have been 130 accidents with 13 fatalities to date – a dangerous 37 km.

This highway needs to be completely twinned and open within the next five years. The provincial government is devising their new five-year plan for infrastructure; shouldn’t this section be at the top of the list? However my understanding is that there is nothing planned at this time to look at twinning this death zone highway.

If there is $19-plus million that can be spent on the Bluenose II then there is certainly money available to make a dangerous highway safer for every person that travels on it. 

Please write our transportation minister, tirmin@gov.ns.ca and our premier, premier@gov.ns.ca  and your local MLA. Our taxes pay these people to represent, and making a highway safer is very good representation. Twinning a single lane major highway, that’s always a good choice. Statistics do not lie.

Tammy MacLaren

New Glasgow

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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  • james
    July 17, 2014 - 12:47

    there has been plenty of studies done showing twinning a highway does not ensure lower collision/fatality rates. As other posters noted it all comes down to driver error. Remove the distractions and the impairment and we will see less death. We cant spend our way out of this one.

  • Ted Mantley
    July 17, 2014 - 09:34

    Twinning a highway isn't cheap. It's about $3 million per KM and we all know the Province is in a tough spot financially. I completely agree that the Bluenose is a waste of money but that $19 million would only twin 5 km of highway....we still have another 80km to go to twin that stretch! Most accidents are avoidable...so before we twin every highway and bankrupt the province...lets be accountable for our actions...lets stop speeding, put the cell phones away, put seat belts on, and stop the impaired driving. If we all did these things first, fatalities would be reduced down to almost nothing.

  • alex
    July 16, 2014 - 21:21

    my opinion- WRONG- all that is needed is for people to follow rules, or enforcement agencies to enforce them- speeders are commonplace, cellphone users, texters,, and yet we blame iton the roads- twin roads hide poor drivers and lack of enforcement- and one more thing- are all the roads in the county in great shape? NO- so what are we going to do in 10 years when the highway needs major repairs and yet we are down twinning the stretch of road between New Glasgow and the Merb,. because it will never stop....