McClures Mills roundabout project on hold

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TRURO – A project that could see a roundabout constructed at the intersection of McClures Mills and Lower Truro roads in Truro is on hold for the moment.

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Andrew MacKinnon, director of public works for the Town of Truro, said the project hasn’t yet gone to tender as he had hoped. The town was hoping the project would go to tender at the end of November or the beginning of December, with construction beginning this winter.

“The roundabout ended up being one with multiple lanes, so it’s bigger in size and shape, and, of course, budget,” he said of the project that was expected to cost about $250,000.

“I don’t think we have any estimates (for cost) yet for the bigger one. We still have some work to do.”

Because of the change, MacKinnon said the project has to return to council for the budget process. Council usually meets in March for budget deliberations, with the budget being announced in April.

“Even with the changes, we are still looking at that for that area,” he said. “The roundabout (previously) was only one lane, but it needs to be two lanes now instead of one.”

The roundabout is designed to allow a better flow of traffic, especially for vehicles attempting to make lefthand turns from James Street and Lower Truro Road onto McClures Mills Road.

The situation is expected to get even more congested, especially with the Colchester East Hants Health Centre having opened at the end of November and the Rath Eastlink Community Centre opening next month.

Organizations: Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Rath Eastlink Community Centre

Geographic location: James Street, Lower Truro Road, McClures Mills Road

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Recent comments

  • Homer Simpson
    January 15, 2013 - 12:15

    Is this holdup as Raymond and Bill have been recently quoted saying in reply to the library delays as " each movement forward results in three steps back" Can't blame the county on this one can you? Sounds simply enough to authorize why wait for authorization in April? Making allowances for the sake of avoiding construction during the busiest time of year is paramount.

  • Kevin
    January 15, 2013 - 07:50

    I think a much simpler and 21st century solution would be to put in a set of traffic lights.

  • Keith
    January 14, 2013 - 22:31

    More taxpayer money coming. I still think it would be less expensive if you put in traffic lights. You could have a 30 second green light for traffic coming off James St. and Lower Truro Rd. and have a 2 minute green light each time going down McClure's Mills Rd. Would that not keep traffic flowing smoothly? I can just imagine the mess in heavy traffic with this roundabout. I don't think roundabouts are for the type of traffic that will be generated in that area.