Increased traffic on one of Truro’s major entrance/exit points has been a topic of conversation lately.
The McClure’s Mills Road (aka Exit 13 on Highway 102) has always been busy, even more so since the opening on nearby Abenaki Road of the Colchester East Hants Health Centre last November and the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in the spring.
In fact, according to two recent letter writers to this paper, it is now a regular occurrence to see traffic backed up from Willow Street to the Wade Road intersection and beyond.
That may be small potatoes by Halifax metro standards but we do like to sing the praises of our easy commutes here in Colchester, don’t we?
Such tie-ups, or course, make left-hand turns on Lower Truro Road and James Road virtually impossible unless a Good Samaritan comes along.
The letter writers urged Truro Town Council to install traffic lights or come up with an alternative solution. Council had previously discussed the possibility of a roundabout but that notion has been tabled for further study.
McClure’s Mills Road is also indirectly connected with the proposed $28-$34-million Hilden interchange which Colchester County Council expressed concern with from a financial contribution standpoint last week.
The interchange would primarily serve to provide easier access to the Truro Business Park, which, theoretically, would significantly reduce truck traffic from Exit 13.
County council, however, rates the project as a low priority and, at first glance, who can blame them?
After all, what's really in it for the county, especially when its own industrial park in Debert is only a few miles away and probably in need of some upgrades?
County council did agree to take part in on-going discussions regarding the proposed interchange, one that would see a roundabout constructed where the highway would intersect at Highway 2 near the UFO store.
But any involvement beyond that point remains a long shot at best.
We very much support the interchange idea, but in order for it to become a reality the Town of Truro will need major financial help from the federal and provincial governments, and some support from Millbrook.
Until then traffic on McClure's Mills Road, as we predicted in this space more than a year ago, will keep getting worse unless the town takes action. Looks like a roundabout can’t come soon enough.