Ramp­ing up

Traf­fic de­lays ex­pected to in­crease

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

Work on High­way 125 twin­ning heats up for sum­mer.

Work along High­way 125 has ramped up as the multi-year high­way twin­ning pro­ject heads to­ward a fall com­ple­tion date.

Con­struc­tion picked up late in May when the con­trac­tor Mu­nic­i­pal Ready-Mix be­gan work­ing near the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal.

In re­cent weeks oper­a­tions have ex­panded to the Ge­orge Street exit and Cow Bay Road where sub­grade is be­ing built.

“This will cover putting our gravel on our sub­grade and paving ev­ery­thing from the new Mem­ber­tou in­ter­change to Grand Lake Road,” said Lloyd Hall, a pro­ject engi­neer.

“Our con­crete bar­rier down the cen­tre will be com­plete and our in­ter­change at Ge­orge Street, all those ramps will be tied in.”

When the latest phase of work is com­pleted in Oc­to­ber or early Novem­ber, the high­way will have been ex­panded to four lanes from Syd­ney River to Grand Lake Road, with the ex­cep­tion of some ar­eas of the high­way that will fea­ture six lanes.

“The last piece of the puz­zle is a fi­nal paving pro­ject that repaves ev­ery­thing from Syd­ney River Exit 6 and all the way to Grand Lake Road, and that won’t be un­til next year.”

No sig­nif­i­cant traf­fic de­lays are be­ing cur­rently be­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with the ex­cep­tion of trucks en- ter­ing and ex­it­ing work zones.

That is ex­pected to change some­what later in the sum­mer, though.

“In the next month to six weeks we’ll start hav­ing im­pacts to Ge­orge Street ramps,” said Hall. “There will be some tem­po­rary ramps to move traf­fic around as we work, and then as the pro­ject pro­gresses even­tu­ally traf­fic will be de­toured on what we are build­ing so we can do work on the ex­ist­ing sec­tions of the high­way.”

Though not part of this con­struc­tion pro­ject, the province also an­nounced plans last year to build a $3.5-mil­lion, two-lane round­about in place of the in­ter­sec­tion at Grand Lake Road, High­way 125 and the Syd­ney Port Ac­cess Road.

A $1.8-mil­lion over­pass span­ning across High­way 125 to pro­vide safe ac­cess for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists is also in the works.

GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Ac­tiv­ity at the site of a twin­ning pro­ject for High­way 125 has ramped up in re­cent weeks. Ex­pec­ta­tions are for the latest pro­ject phase to be com­pleted this fall.

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