Tri-county roads, bridges pegged for improvements in 5-year plan
Roads and bridges throughout Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties are on the to-do list in the provincial Five-Year Highway Improvement Plan’s 2019–2020 edition, released by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal on Dec. 18.
Subject to budget approval in the spring, the provincial government intends to make a $300-million investment in capital spending for roadwork during the 2019/20 fiscal year, including the renewal of $20 million for a gravel road program to rebuild existing gravel roads in rural Nova Scotia.
According to the plan for the tricounties in 2019/20, work will continue on the multi-year project on Highway 101 between Digby and Marshalltown.
“At this point, we anticipate that paving work will be complete and the road will be open to traffic by the end of summer 2019,” said department spokesperson Marla MacInnis by email. “We are currently working with the contractor to update the project schedule as heavy rainfall events have affected progress on the project.”
Work will also be continuing on the Morris Island Bridge on Route 308 in Yarmouth County in 2019/20. The project was started in 2018.
“The survey work, geotechnical investigation and the design of the structure has been completed,” said MacInnis. “Currently we are working with Nova Scotia Power to relocate utility poles that will allow for the construction of the bridge in the summer of 2019, opening to traffic by the of fall 2019.”
Asphalt projects for 2019/20 in the tri-counties include Route 308 in Yarmouth County, a 9-km stretch from Chemin de la Pointe southerly to Indian Sluice Bridge; Maza Road in Digby County from Saulnierville Road to Eustace Comeau Road (2.6 km); Trunk 3 in Shelburne County from Exit 24 on Highway 103 southerly for 5 km; and, also in Shelburne County, 5 km on the Sandy Point Road southerly from Lake Road.
Under the gravel road program in 2019/20, three roads are slated for improvements in Digby County: Bonnie Road from the municipal landfill site to Norwood Road (3.3 km); Clark Road from Landsdown Road to Sissiboo Road (2.6 km) and Old Yarmouth Road from Route 340 to Weymouth Falls Road (2.6 km). In Shelburne County the Lake Road from Sandy Point Road westerly (4 km) will be getting some new gravel. In Yarmouth County, the Belleville South Road from Eel Lake Road to the end (2.1 km) and the Canaan Road (3.2 km) are included for improvements under the gravel road program.
The only asphalt project in the plan under the Repaving 100 Series Highways program for 2020/21 in the tri-counties is a 6-km section of Highway 103 in Shelburne County from highway marker 109.3 km easterly to Exit 23. A further 7.5 km of blacktop from Exit 24 km easterly to the 109.3 km mark is slated for 2022/23.
Asphalt projects in the plan for 2021/22 include two projects in Digby County: Highway 101 from Exit 26 to Exit 23/24 (6.5 km) and Route 217 from Sandy Cove to Mink Cove Road (4.1 km).
Bridge replacement and rehabilitation projects for 2021/22 in the tri-counties includes the Salmon River (Lower) bridge on Trunk 1 and the Kinney bridge on Highway 101 in Digby County, and the Pembroke Road bridge in Yarmouth County. For 2023/24, the Kelley’s Cove bridge on the Chebogue Road in Yarmouth County and the C.F. Comeau Road bridge in Digby are slated for improvements.
Asphalt projects completed in 2018/19 in Digby County include from Trunk 1 from the Meteghan River Bridge to Highway 101 Connector (5.8 km); the Upper Cross Road from Flat Iron Road to Route 217 (1.45 km) and the Saulnierville Road from the Amirault Road to Bangor Road (4.8 km). In Yarmouth County, Trunk 3 from the Ye Old Argyle Road easterly to Route 335 (6.3 km) , the Wyman Road (3.7 km) and the Canaan Road (5 km), were paved. In Shelburne County paving on the Jordan Branch Road from Trunk 3 easterly to the Sandy Point Road (3.3 km) was completed, according to the plan.
Bridge projects completed in 2018/19 bridge include the Abram’s River Bridge on Trunk 3 in Yarmouth County and the Cape St. Mary’s #2 Bridge on Trunk 1 in Digby County. Work also began on the Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304.
MacInnis said, as of Dec. 20, the department had tendered around $14,800,000 for work in Digby County in 2018/19 and around $7,650,000 for work in Yarmouth County.
The Highway Improvement Plan lays out the department’s capital projects for the next five years, said MacInnis.
“Regular maintenance work doesn’t appear in the Highway Plan as it is considered operational. Work that falls under the Rural Impact Mitigation program such as pavement patching, shouldering, gravelling and brush cutting isn’t included in the Highway Improvement Plan. There are also instances where we bring future-year projects in the plan forward into the current year if there is money available in the budget.”
To see the full plan visit https://novascotia.ca/tran/ highways/5yearplan/highways5-year-plan-2019-20.pdf .