Tri-county roads, bridges pegged for im­prove­ments in 5-year plan

Tri-County Vanguard - - Extras - KATHY JOHN­SON TRI-COUNTY VAN­GUARD

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://no­vas­co­ high­ways/5year­plan/high­ways5-year-plan-2019-20.pdf .

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