Road maintenance work to increase

Contracted asphalt work to begin, CBRM awaiting funding from other levels of government

May 27, 2014

SYDNEY, NS - Activity on road repairs is expected to ramp up significantly in the coming days.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality crews repair potholes with recycled asphalt technology throughout the year, but manufactured hot asphalt is not available during winter months. Over $700,000 in contracted asphalt work begins when the asphalt plants open this week.

The public will see both the contracted and CBRM staff activities associated with road maintenance throughout the construction season.

The municipality's 2014-15 capital budget has earmarked $12.3 million as CBRM's share of proposed street and underground work. This includes $3.2 million for local road repaving projects which will begin immediately and $9.0 million for projects associated with Collector and Arterial streets.

"All of our applications for cost-sharing have been submitted and are awaiting approval," said Engineering and Public Works Director Wayne MacDonald. The municipality requires the provincial and federal governments to match CBRM's investment before work can begin on the cost-shared projects.

"As an example, Reeves Street in Sydney is one of our worst roads for potholes this year and is on the top of our 'worst first' list," said MacDonald. "It's a collector road and is eligible for cost shared funding. We have conducted interim repairs but we are waiting for approval of our Build Canada Fund application so that a proper reconstruction of the road can begin. It's a shovel-ready project."

CBRM officials are working on an informational response to misconceptions about road maintenance responsibilities within the CBRM. An online application will include the ability for citizens to distinguish, based on civic address, between roads and streets maintained by the municipal government and roads maintained by the Province of Nova Scotia.