TRURO - Colchester County Council will be considering three options for a new highway interchange in Hilden when it meets Thursday night.
A staff report to council, however, is recommending an option that would see a roundabout constructed where the highway is to intersect at Highway 2 in Millbrook.
That option, the least expensive of the three at a projected cost of $28 million, is also deemed the least intrusive of the three choices council will consider.
The three options were provided by the consulting firm Exp Services Inc., following a study commissioned by the municipalities of Colchester and Truro, Millbrook First Nation and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal as a way to create another access to the Truro Business Park.
The purpose of the new access is to remove truck traffic from the McClures Mills Connector to Highway 102, which has become more congested since the opening of the new hospital and the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.
As well, Millbrook is interested in creating a second, full interchange to gain access to the expanding power centre site and to reduce truck traffic through the community along Highway 2.
Linking the business park to a Highway 102 interchange requires an access road through the community of Hilden, which creates two opportunities for the municipality. On one hand, it provides Hilden with a direct connection to Highway 102 and also opens up access to county land that is currently land locked.
One reason for the staff recommendation is that Option 1 and 2A would both require the construction of an overpass, which would require large amounts of fill "that will effectively create a large wall through the community," the report said.
Option 1 is estimated to cost $34 million while Option 2A is estimated at a cost of $31 million.