Work to be completed to highway damaged in truck fire by next week

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TRURO - Work is expected to begin in the next few days to repair damage done to Highway 102 following last week's truck fire.

Work to repair this section of Highway 102 in Millbrook will begin this week. A fuel truck fire last week caused extensive damage to the portion of the highway in the northbound lane.

Pam Menchenton, communications advisor with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, confirmed the northbound lane between exits 12 and 13 is still down to one lane in the area.

"It's taking a little while because we had to find a contractor that was willing to open their asphalt plant to produce asphalt for us," she said. "But we identified them (Tuesday) and we're hoping the work will begin late this week or early next week."

Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, an Esso truck carrying diesel caught fire alongside Highway 102 across from the Truro Power Centre. It took firefighters four hours to extinguish the flames, which caused evacuations of nearby homes and businesses.

"The damage that was done was quite extensive. Where the truck burned, it burned through the road almost to the gravel so we have about three layers of asphalt that need to be replaced," she said, adding S.W. Weeks based out of New Glasgow will be completing the work.

"Because that's quite a fast and busy highway, we need to make sure the quality of the highway is good."

Menchenton said the guardrail was also weakened by the fire, and it will also be teplaced.

On the environmental side, the provincial department said there was very little fuel that spilled into the area during the fire, so crews that attended weren't concerned it did any damage to the environment.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

  

 

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Esso, Truro Power Centre

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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  • Rick Harrison
    January 22, 2014 - 06:33

    How about taking some of that asphalt and fill the craters in the road all over town? Seem reasonable given they have to fire the plant up.