New Mi­nas in­ter­change to be com­pleted this month

Ro­tary at end of Gran­ite Drive and Sil­ver Fox Av­enue now open for use

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA NEW MI­NAS, N.S. - With files from Kirk Star­ratt. Sara.Eric­s­son@kingscountynews.ca

The prov­ince has an­nounced the New Mi­nas in­ter­change link­ing Com­mer­cial Street with a new high­way exit will be com­pleted this month.

Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal spokesman Gary An­drea has con­firmed the project is on sched­ule even with work to be com­pleted.

“The work that is still un­der­way deals with the ap­proaches to the round­abouts, light­ing, and pave­ment mark­ings,” he said in an email.

“The in­ter­change is ex­pected to open to all traf­fic by the lat­ter part of No­vem­ber as planned.”

The project also in­cludes the con­struc­tion of four new ramps to form the di­a­mond- shaped in­ter­change, a 900-me­tre con­nec­tor road, the con­struc­tion of three round­abouts, sig­nage, guardrails, high­way light­ing and an un­der­ground drainage sys­tem.

The round­about be­ing built at the end of Gran­ite Drive and Sil­ver Fox Av­enue is nearly com­pleted, and cur­rently in use.

The depart­ment says the project will re­duce travel times for road users and re­duce con­ges­tion on Com­mer­cial Street.

In­ter­change con­struc­tion first be­gan in the win­ter of 2017. The to­tal es­ti­mated cost of the project, which is be­ing cost shared by the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments, is $16.5 mil­lion. The Vil­lage of New Mi­nas is con­tribut­ing be­tween $700,000 and $800,000 to ex­tend sewer and wa­ter ser­vices and for side­walks. The project will help en­able po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment in the vicin­ity of the in­ter­change and south of High­way 101.

The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal says work on New Mi­nas’ new in­ter­change sys­tem and high­way Exit 11A will be com­pleted this No­vem­ber. The round­about at the end of Gran­ite Drive and Sil­ver Fox Av­enue is nearly com­pleted, and cur­rently in use.

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