2017-11-15

A rough road ahead when it comes to fixing pavement in Queens County

by Brittany Wentzell

  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>Stephen Bowers stands at one end of Eastern Shore Road in Queens County. He&#8217;s taken it upon himself to place several signs at the heads of the road as well as some on Shore Road through Brooklyn and Beach Meadows to highlight the state of the roads.</p>

The state of some local roads in Queens County are so bad that it's enough to almost drive a man crazy.

Stephen Bowers has had enough when it comes to the rough roads in Brooklyn and Beach Meadows.

The local business owner took matters into his own hands recently by having a friend make signs that read "Caution: 20 year old potholes ahead."

"I put a new front end on my truck, twice this year. This road just keeps getting worse," said Bowers. "Ball joints, tie rods, things like that because it just beat them right out. The road is in hard shape."

Bowers has placed signs at the heads of his own road - Eastern Shore Road, which runs from Brooklyn, through Beach Meadows and on to Port Medway. It connects to all of the villages in the area.

Bowers also placed one on the Shore Road that runs from Brooklyn to Beach Meadows.

"[Shore Road] is really rough also, really big potholes," he said.

Both of the roads are riddled with potholes and deep ruts in many places, some with grass growing through them. Bowers has also on occasion filled in potholes in front of his own property to try to manage the situation himself.

"Something needs to be done and nobody's doing anything. Somebody's got to make an effort," he said. "All my neighbours are with me. It's about time somebody did something."

He believes Eastern Shore Road was never built properly, at least not to modern standards, and it needs to be overhauled.

Bowers and some of his neighbours filed a Freedom of Information request to the provincial government to determine how much money has been spent on Eastern Shore Road, which spans a little over 14 kilometres. In the past 10 years the government has spent $184,000 on the road, mostly on patching, shouldering, and brush cutting.

According to Brian Taylor, a spokesperson for Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, some patching work was done this year. Before that patching had not occurred since 2012-2013.

Taylor says the road is a candidate for inclusion in the province's capital program, but that staff needs to take into consideration the overall needs of the district.

At this time, the road is not listed in the province's five year plan.

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