Prince Edward Island, CBC reported today, has no choice but to move a section of the Trans-Canada Highway for safety and legal reasons.
Prince Edward Island Looks to Reconstruct Trans-Canada
A six-kilometre stretch from Bonshaw to New Haven needs to be re-built, according to John Robinson, a traffic safety engineer hired by the province to study Route One in P.E.I.
"Collision rates are about 56 percent higher than they are for the overall distance between Borden and Charlottetown," Robinson told CBC.
The road is dangerously outdated, said traffic safety engineer John Robinson, who was hired by the province to study the highway.
Improving the existing roads is not an option, as, according to Robinson, there is a set of design standards that must be met when working on the Trans-Canada.
The stretch of highway in question is known to be dangerous. "Iíve seen a few cars here went off the road, people killed. Myself, Iíve spun out on the hill here and my trailer ended up in the ditch," truck driver Joe Goeseels told the news organization.
The P.E.I. Trucking Sector Council also endorses the reconstruction, saying that it will save lives.
Total cost for the reconstruction is $16 million, with half coming from the province and the other half from the feds.