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#1501: LaBoule Toll Road Proposal: Paryski comments
Anybody who now uses the Laboule road can easily imagine the traffic jams or
rather total blockages that would be caused by a toll station not to mention
the strikes and barricades by the truck and camionette drivers.
This being said the idea of local people managing their own infrastructure is
commendable. A first step might be a special tax on the sable laboule
trucks. These trucks cause most of the damage to the road and certainly are
some of the most irresponsible and dangerous drivers on the planet. Perhaps
a local board could be established and voluntary contributions requested from
the owners of the more substantial houses. Very strict guidelines and
contractual proceedures should be established to avoid any magouille.
Of course one of the major underlying causes of the problem are the quarries
in Laboule. These quarries are a threat to the lives of the poor who work in
them, (roughly a dozen die every year) and an environmental threat to the
area. The reason that this sable exists is presicely because the zone is
unstable and on a fault line the movement of which created the sable. The
slightest tremour might bring the whole mess down. There have been numerous
efforts to close the quarries but the financial rewards, usually reaped those
in power at the time, are so great that these efforts, mostly undertaken by
the Bureau des Mines, come to naught.