On behalf of all the residents of Cantley who live on Hwy 307, I want to shout out a big ‘thank you’ to Edelweiss Construction and the mayor and councillors of the Municipality of La Peche.
We do have a lot of daytime traffic in Cantley, but nights used to be so boring, only a few cars, the odd person coming home late from work or some lady from St. Pierre going home after late night bingo in Vanier. We used to doze off to the sound of crickets and the aroma of newly mown hay.
But with the 24/7 Edelweiss quarry and asphalt plant, that has all changed.
Now, in order to cure 2 a.m. insomnia, instead of counting sheep, we now count the number of 18-wheeler gravel trucks.
And no, we are not living in Fort McMurray – that’s the smell of hundreds (thousands?) of tonnes of asphalt whizzing by nightly.
That word ‘whizzing’ is not an exaggeration either: my neighbour informed me a few nights ago that he passed our house following a gravel truck going 110km/h.
One late summer night I followed – or tried to – a truck doing 95km/h through the 70km/h zone before I gave up the chase.
In regards to your (Nikki Mantell’s) editorial last week (“Your traffic ticket part of a quota,” Sept. 18 edition) – maybe you can tell the police who need a quota of one ticket per shift to come to Cantley, because they’ll hit the jackpot here.
After midnight, Hwy 307 is speeder and tailgater heaven. The only bright spot is they don’t use the jack-brake we hear during the daytime – but no one is slowing down after midnight.
Funny, I used to think Wakefield-La Peche was a quiet community of country homes, surrounded by scenic farms and inhabited by people who cared about the environment and their neighbours – boy was I wrong!