Faded road paint creating a hazard

Derek Montague
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Crosswalks, turning lanes and parking lots still not repainted in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Hugo Vaillancourt has found driving in Happy Valley-Goose Bay frustrating. He moved to central Labrador from Halifax in January and had gotten his learner’s permit earlier this year.

Nearly all of the white paint of this busy Hamilton River Road crosswalk has faded away. It is located next to a busy section on town, next to the Labrador Health Centre.

One of Vaillancourt’s biggest concerns is the heavily faded road paint at a busy intersection on Hamilton River Road, which is supposed to indicate two separate lanes at a set of traffic lights.

The white lines and arrows that show drivers which lane to use when turning left are all but gone. It’s not much of a problem for people who have lived in the area for years and know the intersection. But for Vaillancourt, who is still getting used to driving in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, it causes some confusion.

“It can be dangerous,” said Vaillancourt about the faded and disappearing road paint in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. “The worst is the faded lines for the turning lanes … you just got to know that they’re there.”

“The first time I drove up the valley to (that intersection), I almost got into an accident because I didn’t know there was a turning lane.”

It’s not just the turning lanes that have become unnoticeable around town. The white paint on many crosswalks has become severely faded. Fortunately, many of the crosswalks have signs nearby, letting drivers know that where it’s supposed to be.

Nonetheless, the faded paint does make it harder to notice the crosswalks at times.

“At one time, I was surprised when a pedestrian started to cross, because the lines weren’t there,” said Vaillancourt.

Hamilton River Road is the responsibility of the province. The Labradorian requested an interview with Transportation and Works Minister Nick McGrath, but he wasn’t available for comment.

But some of the roads that belong to the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay also have faded markings. The situation hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Happy Valley-Goose Bay town council. Mayor Jamie Snook has heard concerns from a group of citizens and said the situation should be resolved soon.

“Last night (July 7), the Community Services and Recreation Committee received a delegation … about this topic and the committee is concerned about it,” said Snook.

“(We) have asked management to follow up with the spots that have already been identified and work to have the municipal roads updated. Some of it is actually already ongoing.”

Snook is also asking that business owners take responsibility for their private parking lots as well. There are still many lots where the paint is disappearing, including the blue handicap parking zones.

“A lot of other places where this (repainting) needs to be done is on private property,” said Snook. “We certainly encourage the businesses to show leadership and get this done, because it does present a danger …”

Organizations: Community Services, Recreation Committee

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Hamilton River Road

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  • CT
    July 09, 2014 - 08:06

    Nick McGrath hasn't done anything productive in any of his responsibilities and just keeps messing up! Time to give it up Nick by!!