No road paving for Saywood Drive in immediate future

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BIBLE HILL – Bible Hill officials have received word that paving  Saywood Estates in conjunction with sidewalk work will not take place in the near future.

Saywood Drive

The village has discussed, for many years, a sidewalk project along a portion of Saywood Estates. That project is on a priority list and would cover from the intersection of Saywood and Dorset Drive to Regency Point and from Regency Point at the Saywood intersection to the Old Courthouse Branch Road.

The village was hoping the work could be done in conjunction with paving of the road by the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department.

A letter from the transportation department was read at a village commission meeting this week, indicating that would not be happening any time soon.

“I agree with your concerns and the need to upgrade this road,” said Mark Peachey, the transportation department’s district director of the northern region, in the letter. “Every effort will be made to maintain Saywood and Regency Point Drive while they are considered for a future upgrade project.”

“It really says nothing (but) it was a response,” said the village’s deputy chairwoman Lois MacCormick.

Peachey’s letter indicated the reasons for the transportation’s decision.

“With 23,000 kilometres of road and 4,100 bridges the challenge in maintaining them all in good condition is a considerable and costly one,” said the letter.

It also says projects are prioritized based on the number of vehicles on a road, pavement conditions, roadside development, number of homes and businesses and safety concerns. The department’s priority list is updated annually.

Village commissioner Donna Van Kroonenburg suggested the village continue with its plan to begin planning a street’s sidewalk project.

Village clerk Bob Christianson confirmed with the Truro Daily News that an engineer design for the Saywood sidewalk project would be discussed in the upcoming annual budget.

“We haven’t decided a start date,” for the project, said Christianson.

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Organizations: Old Courthouse Branch, Infrastructure Renewal Department, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Regency Point

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