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Provincial Miniter of Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca (left) meets with Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff (right) meet at Shire Hall in Picton on Thursday morning. PHOTO CREDIT: ROBERT QUAIFF

Transportation minister visits Picton



The urgent need for repairs to two County roads was discussed at a meeting between the provincial minister of transportation and Mayor Robert Quaiff on Thursday morning.

Minister Stephen Del Duca visited Picton for the first time, discussing how the minstry and the municipality can work better together to make crucial repairs to local infrastructure.  On his way to Kingston, he met with Quaiff for an hour meeting at Shire Hall.

Quaiff said the two discussed the urgency for repairs to County Road 49, which the minister drove on to get to Picton, and County Road 33.

"He wanted to get a feel for what 49 was like exactly and what condition the Skyway Bridge is in, so it could give him a better understanding," Quaiff said.

"His ministry is going to review the Connecting Link policy that they currently have and provide input, probably somewhere down the road."

He said Del Duca agreed that the video Quaiff previously submitted to the ministry accurately represented the disrepair of 49.

"This morning, he said the video that I first produced and gave to him was right on.  There was nothing left to the imagination."

A stretch of 49 topped CAA's Worst Roads in Ontario poll last year.  Since then, Quaiff has continued pushing for additional funding to complete the badly-needed repairs.

In February 2016, he posted a picture to social media showing three large pieces of concrete that he found on the shoulder and side of the road while heading to a meeting in Napanee.

At the time, Quaiff said an average of 3,541 vehicles per day used that stretch of road, of which 160 are heavy trucks.

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