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Dear Editor: With the upgrading of the TCH fronting Gander once again an issue (The Beacon, Sept. 22), I'd like to offer another view on the present debate of the highway. This year, the provincial Department of Highways has reserved land south of the TCH in Gander to redirect the road to run along the Gander Lake shore from Cooper Blvd. to west of the golf course.

Letters to the Editor - Dear Editor:

With the upgrading of the TCH fronting Gander once again an issue (The Beacon, Sept. 22), I'd like to offer another view on the present debate of the highway.

This year, the provincial Department of Highways has reserved land south of the TCH in Gander to redirect the road to run along the Gander Lake shore from Cooper Blvd. to west of the golf course.

This reservation is now incorporated into the new five-year Gander development plan, which has to be approved in the near future. Such a re-routing toward the lakeshore would not only seriously adversely affect business interests both along the TCH and within town, but destroy the protective forest cover on the south side of the road, leaving our lake wide open to serious pollution from all the filth, garbage and detritus that pockmarks the TCH from St. John's to Port Aux Basque.

Increased pollution from road salt, as well as wear and tear from vehicle tires and the possibility of accidental cargo spills contaminating our potable water supply, are all cause to believe that such a re-routing would be an environmental catastrophe, and should be rejected for both economic and environmental reasons.

Whatever changes are made to the TCH fronting Gander, the first priority must be the long-term protection of Gander Lake as a potable water supply. Second priority should be safe and economically viable upgrading.

I believe we can achieve both these aims by becoming critically concerned about present upgrade plans as it relates to our own health, safety and economic growth, as well as the protection of the Gander Lake watershed for future generations.

Don J. Blackmore

Gander

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