By Marianne Curtis
The community of Landmark was shocked and disappointed to discover that a long awaited paving project repeatedly promised by Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux has been significantly downgraded.
According to the Landmark Chamber of Commerce, Landmark businesses were shocked to hear that PR #210 will not be paved as promised by Lemieux prior to the election.
“On October 4, which is the same day that Ron Lemieux was re-elected in the riding of Dawson Trail, it became known to Landmark businesses that the promise he made last December was broken,” stated a statement issued by the Chamber.
In December 2010, Lemieux promised “we’re doing it right” because the province found the money needed to upgrade PR 210 between St. Anne and Landmark to a Class A rating. This rating would have provided a paved surface road allowing trucks to load approximately 20% more payload than previously permitted.
“The upgrade to PR 210 is a move in that direction, allowing year-round, unrestricted access to the road,” Lemieux stated at the announcement. The $10 million project was tendered and construction crews moved in early in September with paving expected to take place in the spring. However, paving is no longer part of the project.
According to Lemieux’s office, the road can handle the same weights as a Class A however, instead of unrestricted traffic, costly permits will be required for heavy trucks to utilize the road, which is a direct link from Landmark to Highway #12 and the Town of Ste. Anne.
“The Landmark Chamber of Commerce and local businesses were really counting on “doing it right” to help sustain and promote growth in our community,” continued the Chamber. “What is really disappointing is that a paved surface would have only cost $400,000 more – that 4% difference would make a world of difference to Landmark.”
This is not the first time Lemieux has disappointed the community in regards to this project. In 2005, he announced that $2.3 million was earmarked to upgrade and pave the same road with construction to commence in the spring. That project never got to the tender process.
Landmark area businesses are upset with the province’s inability to upgrade PR #210 to a Class A paved highway despite repeated promises from Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux.