Con­struc­tion on Mar­shall­town Cor­ri­dor con­tin­ues

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The Nova Sco­tia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal is at work on what will be­come a new sec­tion of High­way 101 in Digby County.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­part­ment’s web­site, con­struc­tion of the High­way 101 Digby to Mar­shall­town cor­ri­dor is the first phase of fu­ture High­way 101 con­trolled ac­cess that will even­tu­ally span from Exit 26 at Digby to Exit 27 at Wey­mouth North. The Mar­shall­town cor­ri­dor, as it is be­ing called, is a four-kilo­me­tre stretch.

Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion the sched­ule of the project is be­ing up­dated as heavy rain­fall has af­fected the con­struc­tion progress. The de­part­ment an­tic­i­pates the paving Work con­tin­ues on a new sec­tion of High­way 101.

work will be done in the spring of 2019, with the road open­ing to traf­fic by sum­mer.

Digby Mayor Ben Cleve­land

sees the new high­way sec­tion as a more ef­fi­cient route to and from the Digby ferry as well as a road to pos­si­ble eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The cur­rent sec­tion of High­way 101 be­tween Digby and Mar­shall­town is clas­si­fied as a Ma­jor Ar­te­rial high­way with a posted speed of 90 km/hr. This sec­tion in­cludes in­ter­sec­tions with lo­cal road­ways and many drive­ways.

“It’s kinda fill­ing in that miss­ing link,” he says.

The High­way 101 Task Force chaired by Linda Gre­gory is still ac­tive but will only be meet­ing to give up­dates on the high­ways progress.

“Orig­i­nally it was to see that the high­way did get started, now it is started so we won’t be meet­ing as of­ten,” said Cleve­land.

As part of the con­struc­tion of the cor­ri­dor, a round­about will be added at Exit 26. The De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion says there would be a se­ries of signs in place to help guide traf­fic through the round­about.

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