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If you don’t fix it, they won’t come

The Road to the Isles. Sounds like a treat doesn’t it? Think again.

As is referenced in the letter to the editor from Lesa Myciak of Ontario, the road is a mess. It should be renamed the road to the tire repair shop.

While the road starts off with smooth sailing on the south side of Lewisporte, by the time you get to Twillingate you, your passengers, your vehicle and quite possibly your wallet have all taken a beating.

The culprits are those nasty critters we call potholes. There’s some real dandies along the way that cause your teeth to crunch together on impact.

If you were a tourist would you be telling your friends about the majestic icebergs and awe-inspiring whale display you witnessed there? Of course you would, but your story would also come with a warning to others to watch out for the potholes.

How do you think that is going to impact a region that has been experiencing a substantial growth in tourism numbers over the past few years and is now one of the top three tourism destinations in the province? How long do you think it takes for word to spread that it’s not worth taking a chance to travel the Road to the Isles and for those tourism dollars to dry up?

The powers that be can patch and pretend to fix the problem all they want, but there’s no amount of patching that’s going to save that road. It’s going to take a real investment to bring that road up to par.

If the tourism ads are worth the money, isn’t a road leading to the tourism destinations vital? If it’s not seen that way then why even bother.

Summer is a short season for tourism and road construction.

The clock is ticking on the Road to the Isles as the tourism season is in full swing and the garages are working overtime to keep up with tending to the woes of motorists who head in this direction.


Karen Wells

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