Local emergency service personnel looking to improve on highway closures during storms
SACKVILLE, N.B. – With challenging weather conditions forcing the closure of the highway across the Tantramar marsh several times this winter, local emergency services personnel are working to find ways to improve the co-ordination and communication involved in a shutdown.
RCMP Sgt. Jamie Graves and Sackville Fire Chief Craig Bowser met earlier this month with representatives from New Brunswick’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to discuss the idea of barricades, gates and/or signs to assist with the closure of the Trans Canada Highway during extreme weather events, and coordinating their efforts with their Nova Scotia counterparts as well.
It has also been suggested that consideration be given to designating the marsh as a “special weather area” that would be identified during weather predictions and reports, said Coun. Margaret Tusz-King in her public safety report to council last week.
She said the designation is being sought for that section of highway “because weather conditions seem to be unique there compared to other parts of southern New Brunswick.”