Construction on Marshalltown Corridor continues
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.