Road re­pairs

Re­pairs con­tinue to Big Is­land cause­way dam­aged in last week’s storm

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY BREN­DAN AH­ERN

Big Is­land cause­way get­ting work af­ter last week’s storm dam­age.

Re­pairs con­tinue to the Big Is­land cause­way which re­mained closed af­ter last week’s storm tore through the breaker wall and washed out the com­mu­nity’s only link to the mainland.

“A lot of peo­ple here have gen­er­a­tors and ex­tra food, so we’re used to this ev­ery seven or eight years,” said Robert Lange, a res­i­dent of Big Is­land.

The storm had also knocked out power, which was re­stored Satur­day af­ter Nova Scotia Power crews piled into four-wheel­ers and used climb­ing spikes to reach the downed lines atop the power poles.

De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fras­truc­ture Re­newal crews are mak­ing progress. Since Thurs­day, some 3,000 tons of ma­te­rial have been brought in to re­pair the dam­age.

“It looks a lot bet­ter now than it did when I was down there on Thurs­day and Fri­day,” said Lange.

Be­hind the cut in the cause­way there is a washout jut­ting into the Merigomish Har­bour that holds the tell-tale signs of mother na­ture’s lat­est show­case: a wide ex­panse of sand some four feet higher than the shore with slabs of as­phalt piled and half-buried among boul­ders and pieces of drift­wood.

A spokesper­son with the de­part­ment said the road would be re­con­nected ear­lier this week, but will only be pass­able for light-duty pickup trucks.

It is still un­clear when low un­der car­riage ve­hi­cles will be able to cross, but the de­part­ment has said that the tem­po­rary sin­gle­lane ac­cess will be com­plete by the end of the week.

BRENDANAHERN/THENEWS

Work con­tin­ues to the nearly 250-yard washout on the road to Big Is­land.

BRENDANAHERN/THENEWS

Pave­ment slabs are buried in the sand be­hind the cut in the Big Is­land cause­way.

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