Roads are a major priority in our Municipality. Well maintained, good quality roads are essential for our communities. The Municipality recognizes the importance of roads to our residents.
The majority of public roads in the Municipality are owned and maintained by the Province of Nova Scotia, Department of Transportation and infrastructure Renewal. Please direct maintenance inquiries to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSDOTIR) Hebbville operations base at (902) 543-8169, and general inquiries to the Lunenburg/Queens NSDOT Area office at (902) 543-4121.
The Municipality currently owns and maintains approximately 10 kilometres of public roads. These roads are public roads created by means of subdivision or transfer from private ownership after April 1, 1996. All are gravel-surfaced with the exception of Champlain Drive, Chemin Petite Evangeline and Nathan Cirillo.
These roads are as follows:
|1||Jippie Avenue||Pine Grove|
|*Billie Lane Extension||Pine Grove|
|3||Jessie Lane||Pine Grove|
|4||Sunset Crest||Pine Grove|
|5||Whitley Drive||Pine Grove|
|6||Jenny Drive||Pine Grove|
|7||Damara Drive||Pine Grove|
|9||Champlain Drive||Pine Grove|
|10||Chemin Petite Evangeline Crt||Pine Grove|
|11||Nathan Cirillo Drive||Pine Grove|
|13||Toma Drive||Italy Cross|
|14||Summer Road||Italy Cross|
|17||Meldrum Avenue||Conquerall Bank|
|*Meldrum Avenue Extension||Conquerall Bank|
|18||*Concordia Drive||Conquerall Bank|
|19||Buena Vista Drive||Conquerall Bank|
|20||Aspen Court||Conquerall Bank|
|21||Homestead Estates Drive||Italy Cross|
|22||Ocean Stone Drive||Garden Lots|
|23||Driftwood Court||Garden Lots|
|24||Harold Whynot Road||Oakhill|
|25||Craig Chandler Drive||Oakhill|
|*New in 2017|
Typical winter maintenance for the public gravel roads include snow plowing and sanding for ice control. The public asphalt roads are snow plowed and salted for ice control.
Typical summer maintenance on public gravel roads include gravel and grading, dust suppressant application, drainage ditching, cross-culvert repairs and brush removal.
All work and traffic signage on these roads is controlled through the Municipal Director of Engineering and Public Works. This includes construction of driveway culverts.
Driveway culvert construction and maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner. However, all construction must be approved by the Municipality. Municipal Public Road Breaking Soil Permit, Culvert Rock Standards / Culvert Precast Standards
There are two types of roads in the Municipality: Municipal roads and J Class Roads (also called Service Exchange Roads).
In the fall of 2017, Council changed the Road Improvement Policy. The old road improvement policies required a petition from residents confirming that the residents were willing to pay for 50% of the cost of the improvement on either type of road. These policies did not permit Council to directly invest in paving of a Municipal Road unless there was a successful petition.
The new policy permits Council to invest directly in paving, without a commitment from residents to pay half. The policy establishes criteria so that Council has an evidence-based approach for selecting road priorities. The new policy retains the petition process in case there are residents who do not wish to wait for their road to come up through the prioritization process. (e.g. White Avenue is being paved this year as a result of a petition).
After a Council discussion on road priorities, the priorities submitted to the province for cost sharing included (in order): Southside Road, Stonehurst Road (sandsealed portion), Tanner Road, Fort Point Road and Pentz Road. We hope to receive provincial funding to move forward with these projects this year.
No municipal roads were submitted for consideration by the committee. The condition of roads (poor, fair or good) is a primary priority for selecting a road for paving, and the age of municipal roads and the maintenance that the Municipality provides for them means that the “poor” condition J Class roads are in much worse shape and were prioritized.
New Municipal Roads
New municipal public roads can be created either by the subdivision of land, or by the turning over privately owned roads to the Municipality. In either case, new roads must be designed and constructed to the Municipal public road standard. Click here for Municipal Public Road Design.