Residents pleased with plans to resurface Wilson Mountain Road

Harry Sullivan
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GREENFIELD - An upgrading project announced yesterday for Wilson Mountain Road is proof positive that the squeaky wheel does indeed get the grease.
"Quite happy about it," area resident Oz Ingraham said Friday, of the provincial government's plans to reconstruct the road's surface with double chip seal. "And all the residents are too."
Ingraham lives on Glenabbey Drive, but he has to use Wilson Mountain Road to reach his residence. Several years ago he and other area residents petitioned, to no avail, to have the road repaved.
In late January, on a day when the ice-covered road was being described as "greased lightning" and was so slippery that a transportation road grader slid into the ditch, he and other residents complained further through this newspaper of their frustrations with the unsafe conditions.
Ingraham said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) Minister Brooke Taylor also took up the case and when the province released its capital project list yesterday for highway infrastructure, Wilson Mountain Road was included.
"I feel good about it," Ingraham said, even though residents are not getting the paved surface they had hoped for.
"It's a step in the right direction, it's supposed to be good for 10 or 12 years and it's going to keep the mud and dust down."
The double seal chip is a mixture of chipped rock and paving asphalt and Paul Coulson, the department's local construction manager, said it will definitely be an improvement for those who use the road.
"It will be a better ride," he said.
Coulson also said the project, which is expected to cost in the $200,000 range for the .08-kilometre stretch of road, will also provide better drainage.
Yesterday's announcement includes 22 projects that will improve about 80 kms. of roads throughout the province.
The total cost of the highway improvements is expected to be about $30 million. It is part of a three-year 1.9 billion stimulus package that will maintain or create some 11,000 jobs.
We are embarking on one of the most ambitious road improvement plans in our province's history," Taylor said. "This stimulus plan is allowing us to deliver much-needed projects in every county across Nova Scotia and we're working hard to get tenders released so we can begin work as soon as the construction season starts."

Geographic location: Wilson Mountain Road, Nova Scotia

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