AGBNHS ren­o­va­tions un­der­way, Sept. 10-Nov.15

The Victoria Standard - - Local News -

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.

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