The Department of Transportation is responding to the latest calls for passing lanes to be added to the Veteran’s Memorial Highway in the wake of a recent head-on collision that claimed three lives.
An online petition, launched on Change.org, has already attracted thousands of supporters.
The Department of Transportation says a traffic count conducted on the Veteran’s Memorial Highway earlier this year showed that the roadway sees between 6,000 and 9,000 vehicles a day.
The data collected also showed that most excessive speeding took place between 6:00 and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. Data recorded at the time showed that speeds were consistently over 120 km/h and in some cases as high as 150 km/h.
The department says it is now analyzing the data to determine what options can be included in the provincial government’s roads plan. Minister Steve Crocker will update the Conception Bay North joint council on the data and will be reaching out to RCMP in Trinity Conception for their input.
An online petition has been launched calling on the provincial government to create passing lanes on the Veterans Memorial Highway in the wake of a head-on collision that claimed three lives earlier this week.
Pauline Quinlan created the petition on change.org and it’s already garnered close to 5,000 supporters.
Quinlan says as someone who travels the busy highway every day, she no longer feels safe doing so, and it’s the responsibility of government to ensure the highways are safe for those who use it.
The highway, which runs from Roaches Line to Carbonear, has no passing lanes.
Earlier this spring, the Conception Bay North Joint Council made a similar request citing the high number of serious accidents on the highway. A government representative indicated at the time that traffic volumes on the highway don’t meet the national standard of 10,000 vehicles per day to justify passing lanes.