Letter to the editor 2, May 26, 2016
To the current administration of the Town of Hudson - disregard everything in the “Strategic Plan” until you fix the roads!
Right now there is no single more important issue. Our roads are pathetic and dangerous – especially for cyclists. On that subject, cyclists have one paved shoulder the town likes to call a bike path (the strip that runs up Cameron, and that is a joke since a line hasn’t been painted to delineate it in years). Riding down Main Road would be a delightful experience for cyclists from both Rigaud and Vaudreuil - if it was safe. But because there are no paved shoulders, cars speed into the opposite lane to drive widely around cyclists right into oncoming traffic (yes – I have witnessed this first-hand many, many times).
The road is so bad, you cannot cycle near the edge because it is full of deep crevices, broken asphalt, and very low dirt or gravel shoulders. And that’s just Main Road; have you been down Fairhaven Street lately? The roads throughout the neighbourhood are just as bad, if not worse, and haven’t been maintained for years.
This is the town’s next lawsuit should someone have a serious accident due to years of wilful neglect.
And while we’re on the subject of roads, one heavy truck does as much damage to roads as 10,000 cars. The town should reassess the size of the garbage and recycling vehicles that circulate throughout Hudson. These huge trucks damage the road surface, they crush the road edge, and they drive off the road onto lawns causing more damage and work for residents.
Finally, if there is any money left over after rebuilding our roads, do something else to shore up our infrastructure: the drinking water, the sewers, and maybe Pine Lake. We don’t need anything fancy until the bones of this broken town have been fixed.
Anything else is like putting lipstick on a pig.
Our roads are horrible, dangerous, and embarrassing.
Could this be the town’s new motto: Decaying, Decrepit, Corrupt?