Overhead signs on pass to be operational in weeks

Raissa Tetanish
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OXFORD - New overhead signs on the Cobequid Pass should be powered up in a couple of weeks.
Lindsay Lewis, a communications officer with the Department of Transportation, said the overhead signs, which are above both east and west-bound lanes, were installed last weekend.
"But it will take a couple of weeks for the power to be run out to them and for them to be up and running," Lewis said Tuesday
The signs are just one of a number of recommendations the department has completed or are working on since 1,500 motorists were stranded on the pass last winter in a snowstorm.
"We've installed the permanent message signs, have paved the crossovers between the east- and west-bound lanes, and we've installed a new weather station and also made sure the toll staff has access to the station," Lewis said.
"The weather station is improving our weather mapping along the toll."
The overhead signs will give motorists an idea of what kind of weather conditions to expect when travelling the pass.
Heading east, motorists will see the pass before Exit 6 at Oxford, while those heading in the opposite direction will see the signs just before the Masstown exit.
"We'll only call the signs into action during weather conditions, such as snow," Lewis said, adding messages will be seen when the pass is impassable, and if it has to be closed due to an accident. It cost the department more than $410,000 for the signs and installation, according to Lewis.
"The cost of the construction and the installation was $412,000 per sign, and that included the design, installation, message sign, guard rail, maintenance and warranty," she said.
The signs were made by Ledstar Inc., a company based out of Ontario.
Another recommendation that the department is working on is improving the old highway conditions through the Wentworth Valley.

Organizations: Department of Transportation, Ledstar

Geographic location: OXFORD, Ontario, Wentworth Valley

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  • jj
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I'm with you Larry...signs...com'on, no one will pay attention to them anyway, lol, and its not like a couple signs will get people off the mountain any faster...lol...if people don't want to pay attention to the weather forcasts for the areas they are driving through ( not just where they are starting from ) then they should be more than ready to spend time on the side of the road...why should other people put their lives in danger because you didn't pay attention to warnings...hmmmm, wonder how many people stuck lived near the area, if they did, then they would know that that part of the Highway can have snow while everywhere else has rain.....like Bill Engvall says...here's your sign!!!!!!!

  • Sarah
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Larry - You were obviously in Red Deer this time last year when the incident occurred. It was a mess.
    Anything that can prevent this from happening again is probably a good idea so that people can be forwarned and turn around.
    It wasn't until a couple of km up the road that they became trapped in the backed up traffic, with people getting stuck trying to turn around and making it impossible for traffic to move, then having to wait until the weather cleared up enough to get the necessary equipment in to clear it up and pull out the stuck vehicles.
    It took somewhere in the vicinity of 12+ hours before people were able to continue on.

  • cf
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Iam with Larry too couldn't we have spend the money on something else?You really have to pay attention to the weather when you are travelling remember this is Nova Scotia.

  • Larry
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    $412,000 per sign! To tell you it's snowing a few kms ahead! Wouldn't you think that if it's snowing in Masstown you should realize that it's snowing at the toll booth a couple of kms up the road. Two signs at $412,000 per sign, why didn't they take the $824,000 and buy a new snowplow?