Wednesday, Feb 21st, 2018

County council continues to raise highway concerns

Posted on October 27, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Municipality of the County of Antigonish council reiterated safety concerns regarding the intersection of Beech Hill Road and Trunk 4 (the old Hwy. 104) during its most recent monthly meeting.
“It’s an ongoing issue,” District 10 (fringe area south) councillor Bill MacFarlane said during the Oct. 17 session.
On his drive to the council meeting that night, he noted, there was a close call, adding he had no idea how a collision was avoided between two vehicles.
“It seems to be getting worse, instead of better,” MacFarlane added.
Council has raised concerns with provincial officials, including local MLAs. Recently, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) personnel have recorded traffic volume numbers along the stretch.
“We haven’t heard anything back yet – we do know they put the cords across and did the readings – so we are hoping to get some information,” Warden Owen McCarron told reporters after the meeting.
“They did say it would take a little time to interpret the information.
“So, hopefully, we will get some information back because it is still presenting problems for sure,” he added.
McCarron said council will continue “to impress upon TIR officials the importance [of the issue].”
“Just so that we get a resolution to this and, hopefully, they will come back with some numbers that will represent what we are seeing, on the ground, and maybe have a solution for the upcoming spring,” he added.

Courthouse work
Council approved an asset management committee recommendation to commission Heritage Standing Inc. to prepare a building condition assessment and conservation master plan for the Antigonish County Court House.
“We did select an engineering firm to go over and they are going to give us a thorough assessment of the types of repairs that are needed and some costs that will go along with that,” McCarron said.
“We are just in the process of getting that started and, hopefully, within a month we will have a good tight number on what the repairs that are required are going to cost us and then we will determine, on a go-forward, how we are going to proceed.”
McCarron agreed there could be federal funding available to help defray any costs.
“Once we have an idea of the scope of work necessary, then we can apply to Heritage Canada for funding, if the repairs fall under their purview. Then we, obviously, look for some cost share on that,” he said.
The Antigonish County Court House, which is located on Main Street in downtown Antigonish, has federal heritage designation.

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