CLYDE RIVER, N.S. — Residents of Upper Clyde Road want guardrails installed before another tragedy occurs.
The Clyde River runs beside the Shelburne County road for many kilometres, often lapping less than a metre from the road’s narrow gravel shoulder.
Local residents have taken initiative and posted warning signs and strung ropes along the riverbank to warn motorists.
With logging and gravel trucks being a constant fixture in the area the need for guardrails is present.
The river is reportedly up to 30 feet deep along the bank in some places.
Late last week residents posted a sign at the end of the road where it meets Hwy. 3 urging people to contact the Transportation Department if they were at all concerned about safety.
The sign was quickly confiscated by the department on the grounds it was illegal.
Upper Clyde Road runs for more than 50 kilometres although only about three are paved and that’s where it joins Clyde River village.
Besides guardrails, residents want the road paved for a few more kilometres, at least as far as the bus travels. They also want it graded more often and widened in some places.
“The residents may say they’re ignored but in fact we grade that road far more frequently than any other road in Shelburne County. It is more heavily used than a lot of gravel roads,” says Greg Newell, the department of transportation’s area manager in Yarmouth.
“We’ll take a look at the road and . . . consider additional guardrails if they’re required.”
But paving isn’t likely because of declining budgets.
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