Green light for paving projects

Fund­ing an­nounced for five roads in Syd­ney and Glace Bay

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAURA JEAN GRANT

Mo­torists should en­joy a smoother ride along five ma­jor roads in the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity once sec­tions of them are repaved.

Fed­eral Trans­port Min­is­ter Lisa Raitt, pro­vin­cial Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Ge­off MacLel­lan and Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mayor Ce­cil Clarke were in Syd­ney Thurs­day morn­ing to an­nounce $ 2.4 mil­lion in fund­ing for the work — $ 800,000 from each level of gov­ern­ment.

With the fund­ing, sec­tions of Es­planade, Kings Road and Syd­ney Port Ac­cess Road in Syd­ney will be resur­faced, as will sec­tions of South Street and Com­mer­cial Street in Glace Bay.

Clarke said the five roads are owned and man­aged by the CBRM and were iden­ti­fied as pri­or­i­ties by coun­cil through the es­tab­lish­ment of a “worst- first” list.

“We ac­tu­ally went to en­gi­neer­ing rather than pol­i­tics to get the pri­or­i­ties done, so ev­ery road has been pri­or­i­tized by the en­gi­neer­ing (depart­ment), our con­sul­tants and our staff, and coun­cil voted,” he said. “So it took a lot of will by coun­cil to de­politi­cize that process.”

The CBRM will be over­see­ing the road­work and Clarke said the plan is to get it un­der­way quickly.

The first step will be to is­sue ten­ders for the work as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Our of­fi­cials will get to work right away. If we can get it into this con­struc­tion sea­son, that’s my hope,” he said.

Clarke de­scribed the pro­ject as one step in a long line of work that needs to be done as the CBRM plays catch- up in ad­dress­ing its in­fra­struc­ture needs.

MacLel­lan said the province is pleased to be part­ner­ing with the two other lev­els of gov­ern­ment on a pro­ject that will im­prove key ac­cess roads in the CBRM.

“To­day our $ 800,000 will cer­tainly help Syd­ney, it’ll help Glace Bay and all of in­dus­trial Cape Bre­ton,” he said. “It’s good news and it’s good in­vest­ment and it’s needed in­vest­ment.”

Raitt said the road­work pro­ject falls un­der the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Build­ing Canada fund, de­signed to help ad­dress pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture needs. She said good roads make com­mu­ni­ties more liv­able.

“This is a re­ally im­por­tant in­vest­ment. It’s go­ing to ex­tend the road life of these five ar­eas for 12 years and that’s re­ally im­por­tant for peo­ple to get around,” she said.

The road sec­tions set to be resur­faced are the Es­planade from Dorch­ester Street to Byng Av­enue, Kings Road from Byng Av­enue to Wei­d­ner Drive, SPAR from Kevin Quin­lan Av­enue to Ferry Street, Com­mer­cial Street from Main Street to Cather­ine Street, and South Street from MacAu­lay Av­enue to the end.

CAPE BRE­TON POST

A view of Com­mer­cial Street in Glace Bay. Com­mer­i­cal Street from Main Street to Cather­ine Street, and South Street from MacAu­lay Av­enue to the end, will be repaved as part of a $2.4-mil­lion pro­ject in­volv­ing five ma­jor roads in the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

LAURA JEAN GRANT/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Mo­torists will soon have smoother roads to drive along as they make their way into Syd­ney via Kings Road and Es­planade. The Es­planade, from Dorch­ester Street to this in­ter­sec­tion with Byng Av­enue, and Kings Road, from Byng Av­enue to Wei­d­ner Drive, are set to be resur­faced, as are three other roads in the CBRM.

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