June 28, 2018 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is pleased to announce a J Class road submitted to the cost sharing paving program with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has been approved. Southside Road, beginning at Stonehurst Road and continuing for 2.37 kilometres, will be paved for a total cost of $275,000, with a Municipal share of $137,500.
“The Municipality recognizes the importance of roads to our residents for safety, to maintain property value and for tourism. Well maintained, good quality roads are essential for our communities,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “I am happy to see this first cost sharing project with TIR, and look forward to moving forward with additional projects in the future to improve our roads.”
In the fall of 2017, the Municipality changed the Road Improvement Policy. The previous 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 a J Class or Municipal Road. These policies did not permit Council to directly invest in paving of a J Class or 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). Each year, Council reviews the road priorities and submits a list to the province for consideration for cost sharing. In 2017, several roads in Turner Heights were paved under the J Class cost sharing program.