The corner around the Chocolate River Motel going towards Hopewell is one area of concern that has been getting worse. Just before Shepody, there is AnC Meat Market (Arnold's) with a bump and large dip in the road. During the winter, the government posts a bump sign and has been doing this for over 20 years without actually fixing the problem. Next, in front of my place, Catch the Wind, there is a large crack with pavement missing that goes across the road. We have a B&B, so in the summer when trucks and motorhomes go over it, there is a loud noise. When you get to Riverside-Albert, the main street is in terrible shape and full of many, large bumps. Off the 915, going to Mary's Point, the section by the art gallery is completely coming apart because it has been patched so many times and the snowplow has taken all the patches out of the holes. When you call and report it, they say it's not on the list. For 20 years!
Traveling on from Mary's Point, the 915 is an unbelievable drive. This highway takes you to all of the major tourist stops mentioned earlier (beaches, Cape Enrage etc.) and onto Alma. You can't take your eyes off the road for fear of hitting a hole that will damage your vehicle. They did chipseal the first part of the road from Riverside for a few miles.
We (the people who live and drive this road) are not happy about its condition. For years and years and years and years, it has been a patchwork road. This road that governments expect us to travel on and then get the tourists to use has got to be redone. (NOT FIXED...REDONE.) It seems like all of the political parties are ignoring this road, which is important to our area for all the reasons I've stated.
We deserve better and the tourists deserve better. The Fundy Trail is beautiful-- I was on it last year. We have great places to see here in our area as well. It is time for whatever government is in power NOW to do something! The federal and provincial governments should work together to get this done. It seems to me that the only time they want to hear from us is when there is an election.
I challenge the Minister for Highways and the Tourism Minister and the Federal Member for Fundy to take a drive from Moncton to Alma and when they get to Riverside-Albert, take the 915 the rest of the way. You expect us to live with this and pass it on to the tourists? I think not. We are still waiting for a new bridge at Stoney Creek. The one there now was to be a temporary one.
This letter is not to pick on anyone. There is no blame. We have been waiting patiently-- please take the challenge. We business owners and regular people who travel these roads would like you to take a drive into the future. For all our sakes and for the sake of the tourists.
Be well and thank you.
Art Paterson, Shepody, NB.