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Monday, May 28, 2012
Come Near at Your Peril
Tourist season is coming up fast and as you know many
tourists stop by Clarenville along their way.
Imagine if you will,
that you are one of those tourists driving to or through Clarenville.
If it’s your first time in Clarenville in a while you will
notice lots of changes and a lot of growth. But first you need to get in here – so let’s
look at your two choices off the TCH:
West Entrance to
Watch out! The west entrance has become a bit of a problem. There’s lots more traffic, it’s seen three
fatalities in 5 years and the TCH speed limit at the turnoff has been reduced
to 70kph (but few observe it). In fact,
it’s become a hot topic at Council meetings too. In the last meeting of Council, they continued
to beat the topic of the west entrance to Clarenville to death – it was mostly sound
and fury signifying nothing. Reduce the
speed limit, Lengthen the turning lane – there were lots of suggestions but no
real agreement to start a passionate effort to lobby the Province for an
overpass at the west entrance to Clarenville.
Deputy Mayor Frazer Russell was the only bright light in the meeting’s long
winded discussion – he summed it up well when he said “we know that an overpass
is needed there”. These were encouraging
words, but at the end, we were left still not convinced that Council was ready
to lobby for the obvious.
So as a tourist you’re pretty much using this entrance at
your own risk – be careful.
East Entrance to
The entrance road to Clarenville needs renovation in the
worst sort of way. You will notice that land
is being prepared for a new gas station at the top of “Holiday Inn Hill” at the
Trans Canada. Originally the plan was
to reroute the entrance to Clarenville and upgrade the entrance roadway – but based
on where the fencing is placed, this does not appear to be the case any longer.
as you come down the hill into Clarenville, mind the potholes.
What are your first impressions of Clarenville? We
think we know your answer….
A Caring Community
Yes we have a lot to offer here in Clarenville and some
beautiful scenery to boot. But as it
stands now you have to enter with care and hope that the decision makers make
their decisions with the same degree of care so that you can come and go or better - come and stay. .