Park Street closures a safety concern

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When one of the main arteries allowing traffic to flow into the downtown core is closed, the impact on the community is far greater than an inconvenience.

Despite efforts to mitigate flooding on Park Street, heavy rains, fluctuating temperatures from highs to double-digit lows and storm surges caused a three-day long closure last week and another one early Sunday morning.

Barricades placed near the Main Street entrance to prevent traffic on that stretch of road were moved while there was still dangerously high water. A visitor to the area unfortunately realized too late one night that the road was impassable when his car became stuck in floodwaters. As temperatures dropped well below zero that evening, his car was frozen in the middle of the road.

It is very concerning that someone would have removed the barricades, a careless act which could have resulted in serious injury or even death if conditions had been worse.

A fixed gate, located near the Marshland Drive and Lorne Street intersection did not allow for such an event to occur.

Perhaps it is time to explore a way to safely place a second fixed gate that would prevent such an event from occurring in the future.

There is a degree of frustration felt during a morning commute by those that use Park Street to reach their chosen destination when it is closed.

Some mornings, traffic has been backed up kilometres along Main, College, Pictou, Queen, Walker and other streets that connect to those.

Traffic is also increased along Highway 2 when Park Street is closed as people head to Central Onslow to connect with Highway 102 to avoid congestion in the downtown area.

Park Street has been prone to flooding for years and despite ongoing efforts to resolve the issue, a solution has not been found.

If the closures cannot be stopped, perhaps there are ways to improve traffic flow throughout the town when they do occur.

People should also be reminded that moving barricades puts the safety of others and their vehicles at risk and is a completely irresponsible act.

 

 

Geographic location: Park Street, Lorne Street, Central Onslow

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  • Tim Rising
    January 15, 2014 - 14:18

    If the village can spend $90k on a study for a bike lane on College Rd., perhaps they can afford to fix a real issue. Increase the road surface height by 3-4 ft and issue goes away 95% of the time. And while their at it put some lights at College and Main....

  • homer jay
    January 13, 2014 - 09:25

    A gate is not a solution to the problem. This is an absolute asinine train of thought. Park street has been prone to flooding for years with the spring break up. Now it is worse than ever. The are can receive a 10mm rainfall and have a risk of flooding. That is totally unacceptable. Officials that the public depend on are failing us. Treat the cause, not the symptoms.

  • Tracy
    January 12, 2014 - 18:50

    The solution is easy....build a bridge between the track and the current bridge. What about Stella jones you ask? They used Riverside Avenue for years! They can use it again! Not acceptable? Then build a bridge across the tracks from their property onto Main Street! It is not rocket science, and we're not going to accept these lame excuses anymore! Park street is one of the largest arteries into the town of Truro, and when it is closed, not only the inconvenience of extra travel time, what about emergency vehicles that need to get out of town? DO SOMETHING NOW, NOT WHEN SOME LOSES THEIR LIFE!!!!