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Wheelchair user says Happy Valley-Goose Bay needs more crosswalks

This is the intersection of Hamilton River Road and Loring Drive in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.  (Hillary Johnson/CBC - photo credit)

This is the intersection of Hamilton River Road and Loring Drive in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. (Hillary Johnson/CBC – photo credit)

A wheelchair user in Happy Valley-Goose Bay says the city’s infrastructure is unsafe and he wants more crosswalks installed on Labrador’s busiest street.

Roy Davis says he was almost hit by a truck on February 15 while crossing Hamilton River Road on February 15 while trying to get to the C-Store across the street from the Labrador Inn where he lives. to go.

The intersection of Loring Drive and Hamilton River Road is one of the busiest spots in the city, Davis said, and the lack of crosswalks makes crossing the street dangerous for him.

“Something has to be done about this road. If not, someone will get hit or killed,” Davis said. “Some people don’t drive safely here and some drive too fast.”

Davis says the community’s infrastructure is inaccessible to people like him, especially in the winter.

“I have a hard time getting anywhere in the city,” he said. The cold environment, aggressive drivers and accumulations of snow at the side of the road work against him and make his life more difficult.

Because Davis resides at the Labrador Inn, the C-Store and gas station is the closest grocery store he can get to, and he makes frequent trips down the Hamilton River Road.

“The solution we need is a crosswalk or something [people] in the two hotels [Labrador Inn and Hotel North] to be able to cross this street,” he says.

Who is responsible?

But the municipality and the province disagree over who would be responsible for putting a crosswalk on the road.

In a statement to CBC News, the city said it commissioned a traffic study for the area in June, which it shared with the Departments of Transportation and Works, but the two parties were unable to reach a resolution.

“Unfortunately, they feel the crossing is not their responsibility,” the statement said.

According to the city, in October the community applied to the federal infrastructure program Investing In Canada to upgrade the intersection of Loring Drive and Hamilton River Road. If approved, upgrades would be shared at cost by the municipality and provincial and federal governments.

The city says it has allocated funds for its part of the cost-sharing project in its 2023 budget and is awaiting an update from the federal government.

CBC News reached out to the Department of Transport and Infrastructure for comment but received no response through publication.

Davis said he didn’t care whose jurisdiction the street was under. He wants to see results instead of different levels of government pointing fingers at each other.

“It doesn’t matter who fixes it. It’s very dangerous to cross,” Davis said.

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