Resident frustrated as McClures Mills roundabout heads to tender

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TRURO - A decision to seek tenders for a roundabout at the McClures Mills connector in Truro is frustrating a resident who lives near the proposed project.

Bill Crouse, who lives at the corner of James Street and the connector road, was not pleased to hear the town is moving forward with the rotary that would be located behind Lawtons Drug Store at the intersection of McClures Mills and Lower Truro roads at a cost of about $250,000. The reasoning for the roundabout was alleviation of traffic jams, especially with the opening of the new hospital and civic centre.

"I live next door to the project. Ask yourself, ‘would I want this beside my house?'" Crouse said to council.

"Willow Street is bad enough as it is. Council hasn't put in enough time looking at this. Is it too late to change it?"

"The alternatives were never weighed," Crouse said. He suggests erecting a no left-hand turn at James Street and Lower Truro Road.

The other concern Crouse had was the lack of information about the project to area residents.

"The first time I heard anything would happen was before the July (council) meeting ... that was the only time the public had any input," said Crouse, adding some public emotion in his neighbourhood is frustration.

"People said the Town of Truro is going to do what the Town of Truro wants to do."

Coun. Raymond Tynes said the public has a responsibility to keep abreast of town projects.

"We don't knock on every door," to provide information, said Tynes.

"The onus is on the people" to look to the media and town websites for information, he said.

Andrew MacKinnon, director of public works, confirmed at a Truro town council meeting on Monday that the project will go to tender in two or three weeks.

Construction could potentially begin this winter, MacKinnon said.

"If a big company is hungry to do it ... my hope is that construction could begin before Christmas," MacKinnon told the Truro Daily News. "It could take a week or two or two or three months. "Crouse stressed two other issues related to the project. For one thing, he said, the town needs to look at other options to deal with traffic in the area.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Lawtons Drug Store, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: TRURO, James Street, Willow Street Lower Truro Road

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  • Sarah
    November 06, 2012 - 08:40

    Sure it's murder trying to make that turn! So common sense would say sit there and take your time and find the best moment to turn. Or better yet, TAKE ANOTHER ROUTE! Sure it's inconvenient and takes more time but it's much wiser and safer in the long run. I do this all the time, especially on Robie street trying to pull out and cross traffic. Depending on where I am, I either go up to the McDonalds lights or the Tidal Bore Rd and turn there. So much safer and easier on the nerves!

  • business ownwer
    November 06, 2012 - 08:33

    I can't believe the town would consider severely disrupting one of the main entrances into the town at Christmas time!! Last year, the damage to the downtown businesses with all the closures and chaos on Prince was bad enough, but to do it two years in a row... Please, just let us try to get through the holiday season as smoothly as possible, then have fun with the roads.

  • NoFool
    November 06, 2012 - 07:18

    If this project can be done for $250,000....I'll eat my hat!!! I would suggest the price will be closer to a million. This should have been part of the planning for the civic center and hospital - with proper planning should have been completed months ago. Not after these two facilities open. Why does (did) Truro council not have the foresight to do this before now.

  • Karen
    November 06, 2012 - 06:59

    I am sorry for how Mr.Crouse feels about the impending project BUT something must be done about that corner of the connector and Lower Truro Road!!! I was raised on that street and my elderly parents still live there now.It is practically murder getting out of there now!!!! What will it be like once the hospital and the civic centre open??? Traffic will be backed up for miles!!!! I assumed that perhaps a set of stop lights would be put in but I guess not. Frankly the very idea of this roundabout terrifies the heck out of me!!! And with the one going in on Robie St as well I have to figure out a new way to get to my parents place without using them.

    • gordo
      November 06, 2012 - 14:49

      the town is to busy trying to make truro like the city and they don't take time to think.Truro is a retirement community roundabouts just what seniors need.They should be busy trying to solve the flooding issues.As far as the connector put lights in.