Capital plan swerves roadwork in Yarmouth

Carla Allen
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There's mention of the new Indian Sluice bridge in the province's 2014-15 capital plan but meager funding for road improvements in Yarmouth County.

There’s mention of the new Indian Sluice Bridge ($13.5 million) and a new elementary school ($10 million) in the province’s 2014-15 capital plan for the local area but Yarmouth municipal council is not happy with the amount of money set aside for road improvements.

Councillor Leland Anthony was the first to comment on Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Mark Furey’s recent letter to council. Minister Furey described some of the local projects in the plan, which will invest $535 million in 122 projects provincewide.

“I know in my area we have some roads that are in pretty bad shape. I don’t want to be passed over or leave it until it’s too late,” said Anthony.

Councillor Trevor Cunningham agreed.

“Yarmouth’s not mentioned nearly enough,” he said.

“In my district 5, which includes Hebron, Dayton and Wellington, the roads were paved under the previous government but on Lakeside Road, there’s a section of that in terrible condition and that’s not listed there for resurfacing. This year’s frost has really made it bad,” he said.

A motion was approved to have Yarmouth’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal operation supervisor Don Houston present a synopsis of road repair work required at the next committee of the whole. Council will provide this list to Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources and MLA for Yarmouth.

The only road project for Yarmouth in the 2014-15 capital plan is asphalt for Trunk 3, from Willets Road easterly to Yarmouth/Shelburne County Line (6.5 km).

Government releases an infrastructure investment plan each year to indicate planned capital spending for the coming year. The government committed to releasing the plan before the end of 2013 to allow Nova Scotians to see where tax dollars are being spent and to help businesses prepare for upcoming projects.

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Shelburne County Line

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Hebron Dayton Lakeside Road Willets Road

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