Washed-out roads

Heavy rains cause ex­ten­sive dam­age in Vic­to­ria County

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Crews with the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fras­truc­ture Re­newal are work­ing to re­pair ex­ten­sive dam­age to roads and cul­verts in Vic­to­ria County com­mu­ni­ties caused by this week’s heavy rain.

“Public safety is our top pri­or­ity; to re­spond as quickly as pos­si­ble, en­sure there is traf­fic con­trol and try to pro­tect the public, is our main goals,” said Vic­to­ria County depart­ment of trans­porta­tion area man­ager Steve Mac­Don­ald.

“We are work­ing on a sec­tion of the Cabot Trail in Mid­dle River. It should be a cou­ple of days be­fore we get the re­pairs done and the shoul­ders re­in­stated.”

While the work is on­go­ing, there will be traf­fic con­trol on site.

Mac­Don­ald said once the wa­ter re­ceded late Tues­day evening, traf­fic was opened to a sin­gle lane and there was round the clock manned traf­fic con­trol in that area.

“Staff was there Wed­nes­day morn­ing work­ing on re­pairs to the shoul­der and clear­ing trees and de­bris (that) came down from the high wa­ters and

blocked a cou­ple of cul­verts.”

A large cul­vert on Mac­Don­ald Lane, a lo­cal gravel road off the West­side Mid­dle River Road, washed away dur­ing heavy rain.

“I‘ve been in con­tact with the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, the reg­u­la­tor on cul­vert in­stal­la­tion. We will do a de­sign re­view on the cor­rect siz­ing of the cul­vert to be re­in­stated there and sub­mit the ap­pli­ca­tion to En­vi­ron­ment,” he said. “We will be work­ing on get­ting that one com­pleted fairly soon.”

Trans­porta­tion work­ers will also be do­ing re­pairs in a num­ber of other ar­eas of Mac­Don­ald Lane this week.

“The res­i­dents can get out on the north­side of that road, so they were no longer trapped as of Wed­nes­day.”

Trans­porta­tion is also do­ing

a de­sign re­view of a washe­d­out cul­vert on West­side Mid­dle River Road.

“Once we have the de­sign and know what size is re­quired, we will be work­ing to­ward get­ting that work started,” Mac­Don­ald said. “It’s an in­con­ve­nience for the res­i­dents, es­pe­cially those who live near the site. We will be work­ing as fast as we can on mak­ing the re­pairs to the large cul­vert on West­side Mid­dle River Road.”

Trans­porta­tion staff con­tacted the school board about the dis­rup­tion as well as lo­cal emer­gency re­spon­ders.

Bruce Mac­Don­ald, who lives on Mac­Don­ald Lane off West­side

Mid­dle River Road, said fail­ing in­fras­truc­ture is at the root of the road prob­lems in his area, adding depart­ment of trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials were well aware of the is­sues.

“These cul­verts are at the end of their use­ful life,” he said. “The hay­field next to my prop­erty is com­pletely flooded. It’s a dis­as­ter zone. There is in the vicin­ity of 80 full-time homes and 40 sea­sonal on this 18-kilo­me­tre stretch of road. In Nova Sco­tia we pay the high­est taxes in this coun­try. It’s dis­heart­en­ing that our ba­sic needs are not be­ing met. ”

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Gravel and de­bris from a washed-out cul­vert changed the di­rec­tion of the stream and dam­aged an ad­ja­cent hay­field be­long­ing to Bruce Mac­Don­ald on Mac­Don­ald Lane in Mid­dle River.

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