$1.7 M windfall for counties
The United Counties of SD&G’s roads budget just received an extra $1.7 million, though county engineer Ben deHaan says he’s unsure how the funds will be allocated until council’s next meeting, slated for this Monday.
The counties received the money after it agreed on settlement terms for the road deterioration caused by the construction of the South Branch Wind Farm near the hamlet of Brinston.
According to Mr. deHaan, the counties and the wind farm’s owner, EDB Renewables, entered into an extensive road user agreement to ensure the counties would recoup costs for damaged infrastructure. Mr. deHaan told The News Monday that EDB even retained the services of an independent geotechnical firm to evaluate the road conditions before and after construction.
With construction now finished, EDP and the Counties have concluded that the damage was valued at just over $1,697,000.
Council will discuss allocating the new funding at its March 16 meeting in Cornwall at 9 a.m.
Lighten up, or else
Half- load restrictions on roadways throughout the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and the City of Cornwall, will begin next Wednesday, March 18.
The half-load season, which typically runs from the beginning of March until May, is the time of year when vehicles are restricted to carrying a maximum of five tonnes per axle.
The measure is designed to protect roads during the thaw. Roads which are subject to seasonal weight restrictions are identified with a sign.