TRURO – The Hilden interchange is tops on Truro’s priority list when seeking federal funding for local projects.
The federal government is asking towns and counties to provide a list of three capital projects they wish to pursue in the coming years. The intention is for the federal Build Canada Plan to have an infrastructure fund of $10 billion over 10 years to help municipalities with some major projects.
Jim Langille, Truro’s CAO, suggested council identify the top priority as the Hilden interchange, which would provide a more direct route from the Veteran’s Memorial Highway to the Truro industrial park to divert truck traffic away from the McClures Mills and Willow Street area.
The second and third suggestions were the Willow Street/McClures Mills roundabout and flood mitigation.
Coun. Brian Kinsman disagreed with placing the Hilden interchange at the top of the list.
“We should put the round-about first on the list. It’s $30 million for the Hilden interchange … I’m not sure what our cost would be,” even with a one-third split between the various levels of government.
Kinsman was the lone councillor who voted against the suggested list.
Coun. Tom Chisholm said the Hilden interchange “has to be dealt with. We cannot have that truck traffic from the hospital and the RECC (Rath Eastlink Community Centre) if we are going to expand business to the Truro industrial park … we have to clean up that mess by the hospital.”
Council voted to submit the suggested list to the federal government. It’s not known at this time just how much, if any, of the funding will go to these projects.