Major paving repairs needed after tough winter season

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There are pothole, cracks and heaves on most roads and streets, including those in the Town of Shelburne.

By Greg Bennett

While a winter that at one point gave us almost weekly blizzards is finally over, roads and streets across Nova Scotia bear many scars in form of potholes, cracks and heaves.

The streets in the Town of Shelburne are no exception and have lots of rough patches. Motorists will attest to that.

The freezing and thawing cycles of the past few months have helped create potholes throughout much of the town, causing trouble for many in the form of damaged tires and auto suspension parts.

Even CAO Dylan Heide has not been immune to the car woes the potholes have caused. He recently had to deal with a broken suspension spring as a result.

Heide says crews are making temporary repairs with “cold patches” as weather and time allows but it will be more than a month before paving companies have asphalt plants up and running again so that more permanent repairs can be made.

Town Council will be dealing with paving repair costs as part of its budget process this month.

Shelburne is just one of the many communities dealing with rough roads this spring.

“There’s a fair bit of work that needs to be done, not just here but everywhere,” noted Heide. “The paving companies are all going to be busy.”

In the Municipality of Barrington, clerk Brian Holland says Department of Transportation crews have been busy cold patching the worst spots, but noted that major repairs to area roads will also be needed this summer.

“Cold patches are just temporary relief,” he said.

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  • trgo
    April 15, 2014 - 09:45

    "There is a fair bit of work that needs to be done, not just here but everywhere, noted Heide." That is AN UNDERSTATEMENT! Nearly ALL Nova Scotia roads are a TOTAL DISASTER! It seems obvious that 15% HST is not enough to provide for anything more than a plethora of inadequate patches. Why not go for 25% HST? I wonder if even THAT would be enough?