Posted at 9:51 am on December 20, 2017

The Warden for the Municipality of the County of Antigonish says that an increase in provincial spending for roads is welcomed news in the county. Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines announced Tuesday that the province is putting in millions of extra dollars into highway twinning projects and gravel roads.
Owen McCarron says that the county appreciates extra money being put towards transportation, as much of the area has both paved and dirt roads. McCarron says that it was nice of Hines to recognize that rural roads in particular need more attention:
It was announced back in the spring that twinning of highways includes the 38 kilometre section of highway 104 between Sutherland’s River and Antigonish. Hines commented yesterday that a major focus of this additional 60 million dollars will be on twinning.

Posted at 8:51 am on November 22, 2017

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish is being proactive in ensuring that priority areas get the road upgrades that are deserved. This point came up during Tuesday evening’s county council meeting, where Warden Owen McCarron discussed a meeting he recently had with MLA Randy Delorey.
McCarron says that he has already had preliminary discussions with the Antigonish MLA to highlight some areas within the county that are deserving of road work. McCarron says residents were happy with last years upgrades, but it’s important to think of the next step:
McCarron says he plans to chat with the Transportation Minister, Lloyd Hines, to discuss priority roads within the county in need of road work.

Posted at 8:49 am on March 22, 2017

An Antigonish County councillor is displeased that a meeting the was cancelled in February, still hasn’t been rescheduled. District 7 Councillor, John Dunbar says a meeting was originally scheduled for February 9th and was titled “Let’s Talk Roads”, an issue that is very important in his constituency.

Dunbar says many roads through his area are dirt roads and require constant work. The meeting was to be hosted by Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey and Jamie Chisholm who works with the Department of Transportation, but was cancelled due to poor weather. Dunbar says many residents have concerns about the roads, and they want the meeting rescheduled as soon as possible:


The topics that were to be brought up at the meeting included discussion on road maintenance, the new call centre and the department’s newly unveiled 5 year plan. Dunbar hopes to see the meeting rescheduled before Spring weather hits in order to talk about road maintanence.

Posted at 1:52 pm on February 24, 2017

A sign that spring may not be far off.  The province is imposing weight restrictions on all gravel roads in Nova Scotia starting at noon today.  Gravel roads will be posted to a maximum of 15-thousand kilograms until further notice.  The provincial transportation department says unseasonably warm weather is softening gravel roads to the point where weight restrictions are necessary.
Department officials will continue to monitor road and weather conditions to determine when it is safe to remove the restrictions.