AGBNHS renovations underway, Sept. 10-Nov.15
As part of a $3 billion, 5-year infrastructure program, Parks Canada is undertaking a project at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site to improve the road surface, roof tops and access at the site.
Visitor access to the site will remain the same during the construction period, slated to run Sept.10 to Nov. 15. The parking lots will be paved in phases to ensure on-site parking will remain available to visitors traveling by all means, including tour groups traveling by bus. Motorists will be directed to alternative parking lots at other areas of the site as the work takes place.
Public Relations and Communications Officer for Parks Canada – Cape Breton, Coady Slaunwhite, said this particular time of year was chosen for the parking lot work because it presented the least amount of disruption to site operations and special events, while still allowing the work to be conducted with the construction challenges presented in our northern climate.
In addition to repaving, the exterior walkway and parking lot lighting will be replaced. The new lighting system will increase visitor safety and allow for the possibility of more quality visitor experiences in the evening hours. This work has been timed with the paving work as numerous areas will require access to underground wiring that need to be replaced and are located within the parking lot and walkways.
Parks Canada is currently accepting tenders for the roof rehabilitation work that will take place on the lower roof top area. The current rock and concrete aggregate pavers will be removed and replaced, along with other necessary rehabilitation work to this rooftop. This work will begin in the early fall and will be completed by the end of this year. Once completed, this area will be the perfect location to take in the panoramic views of the Bras d’or Lake.
As part of this work, residents and visitors may see and encounter work crews, heavy equipment, flag persons, and temporary signage in the parking lot area. Pedestrians and motorists are reminded to proceed with caution in this area, avoiding construction areas that are fenced off and obeying all posted signage.