Prov. Gov’t to be asked for ditch in-filling, paved shoulder on Centennial Drive

Eric McCarthy
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O’LEARY -- Town Councillor Darren MacKinnon issued a dire warning Thursday about the safety of children along Centennial Drive.

He told of vehicles travelling at excessive speeds on the side route that connects to O’Leary’s Main Street, and of children playing and biking in the street.

Centennial Drive has one of the highest concentrations of young children in town, councillors acknowledged.

MacKinnon added Centennial is also part of a circuit for many of the town’s residents while they’re out for exercise.

Council decided to approach the provincial government about in-filling the ditch along Centennial Drive and paving the shoulder.

Councillor Davis Gallant wondered if a paved shoulder would keep the children off the street and MacKinnon explained young children routinely drive their bikes and trikes in the street because it is too difficult to pedal on the dirt shoulder.

If a paved shoulder gets children off the street it is well worth the investment, Gallant agreed.

MacKinnon said residents are so concerned about the safety of children on the heavily-used street that they are considering circulating a petition in an effort to have something done. “That’s the only street you see children on,” he pointed out.

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