Update on Roadway Progress in Chester-St. Margaret’s

Issues regarding roadways represent the largest volume of calls that my office receives throughout the year. I am always pleased to update residents on roadways of interest.

Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) is responsible for building and maintaining the provincial roadway infrastructure for Nova Scotians. This includes most roadways in Chester-St. Margaret’s (CSM) with the exception of some local roads in Chester and some local roads in the Halifax Regional Municipality, as well as all private roads.

In this update, I will address the status of three roadways that are of significant interest to residents of CSM.

Our government has committed to twinning Highway 103 from Upper Tantallon (Exit 5) to Hubbards (Exit 6) by 2022. This will be completed in two sections. TIR is currently working on the section from Exit 5 to Exit 5a in Ingramport.  Many of you will have noted the roadway clearing that took place this past winter and spring. Soil testing is now underway in order to prepare detailed subsurface data prior to releasing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for roadway construction.  RFPS will be released shortly and contracts are expected to be signed in several weeks for construction of 3 new bridges over waterways and for subgrade work on  the new roadway.

Motorists can expect to see work commence this summer. This will include some blasting to remove large rock formations. Every effort will be made to minimize the impact of road closures and delays. Completion of the section from Exit 5 to 5a is scheduled for 2020. The section from Exit 5a to Exit 6 will be undertaken following the initial section and is scheduled for completion in 2022.

The work on Highway 103 is a joint project between the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada. It is an example of the excellent cooperation between the provincial and federal governments for the benefit of the residents of our constituency.

Trunk 3 rehabilitation from Chester Basin to Chester is also to be completed in two sections, starting this summer. The section from Route 12 in Chester Basin to Wakeup Hill will begin in July and is scheduled to be completed during this construction season.  This section will be completed first at the request of the Municipality of the District of Chester (MODC) which is redesigning some Trunk 3 intersections within the Village of Chester, and complimenting this with new street-scaping.

In the 2019 construction season, Wakeup Hill will be reconfigured for safety purposes and the remainder of Trunk 3 from Wakeup Hill to an area approximately 1.5 Km east of Duke Street in Chester will be rehabilitated.  Further rehabilitation of Trunk 3 through Simms Settlement and Western Shore is expected in the following years.

In addition to intersection realignments and street-scaping, MODC is also contributing to to the widening of Trunk 3 to support enhanced safety for cyclists and pedestrians. This is example of the excellent working relationship in place between the provincial government and MODC.

Our office has received many calls from constituents wondering about the status of Queensland Beach.

In January, a nor’easter severely damaged Conrad’s Road which accesses the beach.  Similar damage has happened in the past, therefore TIR will reposition the road, rather than repairing it in situ where it would continue to be vulnerable to the weather.

TIR has recently finished the engineering plans for the realignment, as well as redesigning the parking area and beach access. Tenders for the work closed on June 12 and work is scheduled to be completed in early July. In the interim, the Department of Natural Resources has opened bathroom facilities and provided garbage services for beach-goers.  One change shed was damaged to such an extent that it cannot be repaired, however a new one is under construction and will be placed on the beach shortly.

Once road construction commences, the beach may be closed to ensure public safety while heavy equipment is operating. If anything changes in regard to road repairs and access to Queensland Beach, I will post updates on my website and social media as soon as possible.

If you have any questions on these or other roadway issues in CSM, please contact my office (902) 826-0222 or info@hughmackay.ca

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