Many local motorists know all too well the frustrations caused by the Canso Causeway and boat traffic. Long delays due to vessels passing through and technical
difficulties have lengthened the commute for people travelling on the only link between Cape Breton Island and the Mainland.
MLA for Inverness, Allan MacMaster has heard concerns from residents, and thinks the issue needs to be addressed. He hopes that when the Legislature resumes, that the Transportation Minister, Lloyd Hines, will have some answers:
MacMaster says one solution he can think of to fix delays is to reduce how often the causeway opens to pleasure craft, and find a new way to direct traffic around the Port Hastings Rotary. MacMaster would like to see a method where traffic can still flow in the rotary if motorists are not travelling on the Causeway.
Keep your eyes on the road if you’re driving through the Canso Causeway over the coming weeks, but also keep an eye to the sky. Nova Scotia Power and contractor,
‘Tower Power’, started applying protective coating to 6 transmission towers on Tuesday afternoon.
Nova Scotia Power Project Manager, Grant Fraser says this type of work has been done before in Halifax. He advises motorists to pay close attention when driving through these work zones:
Fraser says some delays can be expected while work is completed, but disruption should be minimal. The coating will help prevent corrosion and extend the life of the structures by 20 years.
Traffic will be stopped intermittently at the Canso Causeway from Tuesday, May 9 to Monday, May 15 to allow for commissioning and testing of equipment for the swing bridge.
Work takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Traffic control people are on site. Please use caution when driving through the work area.