Yar­mouth Bar cause­way bridge and ar­mour stone project to start this month

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A $1-mil­lion road­work project at Yar­mouth Bar is sched­uled to start the week of Nov. 12 with the place­ment of ar­mour stone.

Marla MacIn­nis, me­dia re­la­tions ad­vi­sor for Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal, says fur­ther site setup will oc­cur the fol­low­ing week, weather depend­ing.

The road­work project in­cludes re­place­ment of the cause­way bridge lead­ing to Cape Forchu, along with main­te­nance of the sea­wall.

When Yar­mouth MLA Zach Churchill an­nounced the $1-mil­lion fund­ing for the project in June, he said both the bridge and the sea­wall have de­graded.

“The ar­mour stone has ac­tu­ally sunk down a bit,” he said.

“One se­ri­ous storm could do a lot of se­ri­ous dam­age to that and, of course, the eco­nomic im­pact for one of our main fish­ing fleets com­ing out of there would be sub­stan­tial,” he said.

Yar­mouth Bar is home port to 15 to 20 fish­ing boats and, weather per­mit­ting, the lob­ster sea­son is start­ing Nov. 26.

Loren Cush­ing, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Yar­mouth coun­cil­lor for the dis­trict, says when the road­work be­gins, it will be “quite busy” in that area.

“How­ever, when is the bet­ter time to do such a ma­jor project?” he asked.

“Win­ter has bad weather and snow, spring has load re­stric­tions on roads, spring fish­ing is on­go­ing, sum­mer is tourist sea­son and, in the fall, fish­er­men are get­ting ready for lob­ster fish­ing.”

He added he feels con­fi­dent the con­trac­tor will co-op­er­ate with the fish­er­men and said this is a project that is long over­due.

“I’ve been told that the job, once fin­ished, will be im­pres­sive.”

CARLA ALLEN

A $1-mil­lion road­work project at Yar­mouth Bar will be­gin in mid-Novem­ber. The work in­volves main­te­nance of the ar­mour stone and sea­wall, as well as the re­place­ment of the cause­way bridge lead­ing to Cape Forchu.

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