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Rain dam­age not ex­pected to im­pact Cabot Trail Re­lay

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY GREG MCNEIL CAPE BRETON POST gm­c­neil@cb­post.com

Rain dam­age not ex­pected to im­pact Cabot Trail Re­lay.

Of­fi­cials with the Cabot Trail Re­lay are mon­i­tor­ing road re­pair work along their race route af­ter a re­cent stretch of heavy rains washed out roads and shoul­ders.

How­ever, they have no worries the dam­age will af­fect the 30th an­niver­sary edi­tion of the re­lay, which is set to be­gin May 27.

“We are for­tu­nate in that the weather was ob­vi­ously not good and there were lots of prob­lems, but some of the worst prob­lems are not on the Cabot Trail at this junc­ture,” said David Parkin­son, the race com­mit­tee chair.

Last week, a sec­tion of the Cabot Trail was closed af­ter heavy rains, rang­ing from 207 mm in St. Anns to 176 mm in Bad­deck, washed out some of its stretches.

Roads in other ar­eas were also dam­aged.

Re­lay of­fi­cials mon­i­tored road and weather con­di­tions through­out the week and reached out to the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal for up­dates.

They were told no course is­sues were an­tic­i­pated.

The 276-km race be­gins in Bad­deck and sees com­peti­tors race through 17 stages through the Cape Breton High­lands Na­tional Park, the Mar­ga­ree Val­ley and along var­i­ous points of the Cabot Trail.

Re­lay of­fi­cials will still be in­spect­ing the trail this week, but that’s some­thing they do at this time of year any­way.

“Pri­mar­ily, their role is to hand out posters to the dif­fer­ent busi­nesses and just to look at the shoul­ders,” Parkin­son said.

“At the same time ev­ery year we are in con­tact with the high­way’s man­ager for the area and he ar­ranges to make sure their crews go out and up­grade the shoul­ders. Any­thing that’s re­ally go­ing to be a big prob­lem, es­pe­cially on the night legs, they are gen­er­ally very help­ful to look af­ter things for us.”

Half of the re­lay course is in the na­tional park, so a sim­i­lar level of co-or­di­na­tion must also take place with Parks Canada of­fi­cials.

“We rely on them to help us keep the road con­di­tions ei­ther iden­ti­fied or safe for the run­ners. Parks Canada and the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion have al­ways been fan­tas­tic to co-op­er­ate with us.”

Last week, Steve MacDon­ald, area man­ager with De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion in Bad­deck, said two roads in Vic­to­ria County were closed to through traf­fic af­ter two cul­verts were de­stroyed — one on the west side of Mid­dle River Road and the other along MacDon­ald Lane.

En­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions re­quire the de­part­ment to meet de­sign cri­te­ria be­fore re­plac­ing those cul­verts.

As soon as ap­provals are fi­nal­ized that work would be­gin.

As for washouts on road shoul­ders, MacDon­ald es­ti­mated all re­pairs would be com­pleted within weeks.

“We are for­tu­nate in that the weather was ob­vi­ously not good and there were lots of prob­lems, but some of the worst prob­lems are not on the Cabot Trail at this junc­ture.”

David Parkin­son, Cabot Trail Re­lay race com­mit­tee chair

NANCY KING/CAPE BRETON POST

Eric McCarthy crosses the fin­ish line in Bad­deck dur­ing the 2016 Cabot Trail Re­lay, help­ing the Maine-iacs cap­ture their sixth re­lay vic­tory.

Parkin­son

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