Clayton Road In Bad Shape April 8 1940 Almonte Gazette
Water Lying On Paved Surface Over Six Inches Deep In Places Between Snow Banks.
The headache suffered by the County engineer’s department at Perth over the condition of the Clayton road is like screaming *Caesar’s Ghost. After being blocked with snow for some time during the winter it is now flooded with water to an extent that makes traffic on it difficult and unpleasant.
It is said that water six inches deep is lying in the low places and that drainage is prevented by banks of snow that are still about three feet high. Complaints about this condition have’been reaching local town merchants from people living along this highway.
It is said, too, that the roadway from the ragged chutes to the condition of the Clayton road is in terrible shape because of deep ruts. Owing to the amount of money spent on two bridges over the Indian River, the new paving has not progressed beyond the first mentioned point.
Although Spring has come, Clayton is still practically isolated as the detour built around the sink-hole on the second line of Ramsay is a veritable quagmire. It is claimed that a few men could drain the Clayton Road if they were put to work on the job.
Complaints have been made to Mayor Watchorn by local businessmen but the Mayor has learned through recent experience that it is better to let the town and district suffer in silence than go over certain heads to whisper a request in the ears of P erth officialdom. In other words he is leaving county matters to those who are supposed to look after them.
*As for the expression “Great Caesar’s Ghost”, it is a rather old expression that is a euphemism for “good God”, in the days when saying “God” as an oath was considered very rude. It is rarely used these days but was also was made famous in the Superman comic books and television series, in which editor Perry White used it often.
S.S. No. 4 Ramsay – Clayton School
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