‘It all bodes well’

In­ter­change open, paving way for growth in New Mi­nas

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY SARA ERIC­S­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

The new Gran­ite Drive in­ter­change is now open for use in New Mi­nas.

The new road sys­tem was of­fi­cially opened Dec. 17, al­low­ing driv­ers to use the in­ter­change and round­abouts to travel di­rectly from High­way 101 — tak­ing exit 11A, lo­cated be­tween ex­its 11 in Green­wich, and 12 just be­fore Kentville — to Com­mer­cial Street in New Mi­nas.

The new road­work in­cludes a bridge, four ramps form­ing a di­a­mond in­ter­change and three round­abouts.

Kings County Coun. Jim Win­sor, who serves the New Mi­nas and Green­wich ar­eas, says the project means peo­ple will now be able to en­joy “bet­ter traf­fic flow” while shop­ping within New Mi­nas.

“If you were com­ing into down­town from east or west, then [you would pre­vi­ously take] exit 11 or 12, then very busy High­way 1. With the exit open, you can now drive down right into the shop­ping area,” he says.

“I have heard many times, cer­tainly around Christ­mas, peo­ple have said they wouldn’t drive down there. We want shop­pers in New Mi­nas, but we want a good flow of traf­fic to al­low them easy in and out.”

This open­ing fol­lows the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal’s orig­i­nal plans to have the in­ter­change fi­nal­ized for the 2018 Christ­mas shop­ping sea­son.

The project cost a to­tal $17 mil­lion and re­ceived more than $9 mil­lion in provin­cial con­tri­bu­tions and $7.6 mil­lion from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

New Mi­nas is also cel­e­brat­ing 50 years since in­cor­po­ra­tion this year, and Win­sor says the new in­ter­change and other busi­ness ex­pan­sions “all bode well for the fu­ture of New Mi­nas.”

He says the in­ter­change specif­i­cally is paving the way for new busi­ness and fur­ther de­vel­op­ment in the vil­lage near the high­way.

“It opens up, also, the other side of High­way 101, which is the ex­pan­sion area for New Mi­nas. That makes this all ac­ces­si­ble to fu­ture growth,” he says.

Har­ris pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 18. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Har­ris a to­tal of $1,000 and im­posed a one-year driv­ing pro­hi­bi­tion against him.

Har­ris com­mit­ted the of­fence in Green­wich on July 29. The le­gal blood al­co­hol limit is 80 mg of al­co­hol in 100 ml of blood. Har­ris gave a blood al­co­hol read­ing of 90.

A charge of pos­sess­ing a stolen 2004 Honda Civic of a value not ex­ceed­ing $5,000 has been ad­journed to Jan. 15 for plea. This charge has not been proven in court.

Con­di­tional dis­charge for as­sault with weapon

Diane Carol Bruce, 45, of Green­wood, has been handed a con­di­tional dis­charge with pro­ba­tion for us­ing a weapon in com­mit­ting an as­sault.

Bruce pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 18. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Bruce a con­di­tional dis­charge with nine months of pro­ba­tion.

Bruce com­mit­ted the of­fence in Green­wood on Sept. 29.

Drove while dis­qual­i­fied

Kyle Joseph An­thony, 25, of New Mi­nas, has been fined for op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while dis­qual­i­fied.

An­thony pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 18. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined An­thony a to­tal of $500 and im­posed a one-year driv­ing pro­hi­bi­tion against him.

An­thony com­mit­ted the of­fence in New Mi­nas on Oct. 31.

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