Road work update: Partial road closures begin next week

April 21, 2017

SYDNEY, NS - The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is announcing its first road work street closures of the construction season.

Starting on Monday, April 24, sections of Commercial Street and Royal Avenue in Dominion will be down to one lane for a waterline replacement project. The project is expected to continue through the spring and into the summer months. Traffic will be stop and go in the construction zone, however detours to traffic flow may also occur from time to time. Work is also slated to begin at Inglis Street in Sydney from Union Street to High Street for a waterline upgrade and road rebuild. Work on Hare Street in North Sydney is expected to begin on Tuesday with a waterline and road rebuild project.

This past September, Mayor Cecil Clarke outlined a $16 million project for improvements to the municipality’s water and wastewater systems. The project represents 14,400 days of employment for workers at over 40 sites.

“As the asphalt plants open in early May, the activity will increase substantially,” said Clarke. “Please keep workers’ safety in mind when driving through construction areas. We will be doing our best to inform residents in advance where the road work is occurring.”

Motorists are advised to proceed slowly and with caution throughout construction zones, and to use alternative routes when possible. Both motorists and pedestrians are also advised to obey all posted traffic signs throughout the CBRM, as any motorist or pedestrian who fails to obey a traffic sign, particularly regarding detours, street barricades or reduced speed limits in a work zone are subject to a Summary Offence Ticket (SOT) under the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act.

Municipal officials encourage residents to check the CBRM’s website and follow the municipality’s social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter for information on roadwork.

Road work sites:

· Royal Avenue and Commercial Street, Dominion

· Inglis Street, Sydney

· Hare Street, North Sydney