Neigh­bours to share Skye Road over­haul

The Glengarry News - - News - -- Richard Ma­honey

North Glen­garry is propos­ing to team up with its neigh­bour, The Na­tion, to over­haul a 3.2-kilo­me­tre sec­tion of Skye Road near Dun­ve­gan.

The pre­ferred work would cost $326,781 while a cheaper yet less pre­ferred route would come in at $171,090, North Glen­garry Public Works Direc­tor Michel Riberdy writes in a re­port pre­sented to a com­mit­tee of the whole meet­ing last week.

The de­part­ment rec­om­mends that the sec­tion be up­graded with hot mix as­phalt, which would cost $276,000, as op­posed to sur­face treat­ment, that would cost $120,000. When other work, such as cul­vert re­place­ment is added, the to­tal hot mix plan would cost $326,781, com­pared to the to­tal sur­face treat­ment bill of $171,090.

The ex­tra money is well spent, Mr. Riberdy says. Mix as­phalt has a life ex­pectancy of 20 years with some mi­nor main­te­nance such as crack seal­ing to ex­tend the life cy­cle of the as­phalt sur­face. As­phalt is more durable and can take more traf­fic load­ing due to its char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Sur­face-treated roads, which last two to seven years, are best suited to low and medium traf­fic roads. Also, it is rec­om­mended to ap­ply an­other sur­face treat­ment ap­pli­ca­tion within seven years to ex­tend its ser­vice life. Fur­ther­more, farm­ers tend to break the thin layer of sur­face treat­ment while en­ter­ing/ex­it­ing en­trances with their equip­ment dur­ing warm weather; there is no load re­stric­tion dur­ing half load sea­son that ap­plies to dairy farm­ers.

Skye Road, on the bound­ary of the two mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, re­quires about $10,000 in main­te­nance ev­ery year. There have been on­go­ing dis­cus­sions with Marc Le­gault, Direc­tor of Public Works in The Na­tion on how to ad­dress the on­go­ing is­sues with the 3.2-kilo­me­tre sur­face treated strip.

“Ini­tially, we in­tended to re­turn the road to gravel,” Mr. Riberdy says.

But The Na­tion ob­jected, not­ing that if the sec­tion would re­turn to gravel, there would be on­go­ing main­te­nance to per­form such as grad­ing, gravel ap­pli­ca­tion to main­tain an ac­cept­able road sur­face and cal­cium chlo­ride ap­pli­ca­tion yearly to main­tain the dust at an ac­cept­able level.

The Na­tion is will­ing to pay 50 per cent of the cost of Skye Road re­con­struc­tion with the con­di­tion that the sec­ond sec­tion (2 Km.) be re­con­structed within the next three years.

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