Lo­cal emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel look­ing to im­prove on high­way clo­sures dur­ing storms

Sackville Tribune - - NEWS - BY KATIE TOWER STAFF RE­PORTER

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.”

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