Weekly Traffic Advisories

QUEENS COUNTY: Middlefield Road Middlefield Road, Pleasantfield, from Route 210 to Trunk 8, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Middle River Road, MacLellans Brook Middle River Road, MacLellans Brook, from Route 289, southerly for about six kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place for 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Maders Cove Road Maders Cove Road, Maders Cove, from Trunk 3 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Dartmouth, Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road Bridge rehabilitation work is being done to the Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road, until Saturday, Aug. 31. The majority of work will take place after 6 p.m., from Monday to Friday and on weekends. Weekday work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Deep Hollow Overpass, Greenwich Overpass Bridge rehabilitation is now taking place on the Deep Hollow Overpass and the Greenwich Overpass on Highway 101, between Exits 10 and 11A, from sunrise to sunset. A traffic light will be in place on the bridge during the day. However, the highway will be closed for night work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. A detour on Trunk 1 will be provided. LUNENBURG COUNTY: East River Bridge, Trunk 3 East River Bridge, Trunk 3, East River, about 150 metres west of Route 329, has alternating lane closure for bridge work until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Eastbound Lanes) Highway 104, eastbound lanes near Salt Springs, Exit 19, for about six kilometres, is reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bolivar Road, Upper LaHave Bolivar Road, Upper LaHave, from Leary Fraser Road to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mill Cove Shore Road, Mill Cove Mill Cove Shore Road, Mill Cove, Route 329, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Molega Road, Molega Molega Road, Molega, from Route 208 southerly for about three kilometres, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Station Road, Lower Northfield Station Road, Lower Northfield, from Northfield Road to Back Street 2 Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound, three kilometres east of the Cobequid Pass toll booth to Exit 12, Masstown, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound between Exit 13, Debert and Exit 15, at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Barss Corner Road Barss Corner Road, Brass Corner, from Ramey Road to Sarty Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 west of Exit 17, Bible Hill, and Exit 15 at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 east of Exit 17, Bible Hill, for about four kilometres, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, Exit 18 eastbound ramp and westbound ramp, will have weekday lane closures daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Saturday, Aug. 31 while extended ramp lanes are built. Traffic control is in place. Motorists should expect delays. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, July 26. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Westbound Lanes) Highway 104, westbound lanes near Westville, from Exit 21 to Exit 20, are reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 325 Route 325, Auburndale, from 600 metres west of Auburndale Road westerly to Monk Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Middlewood Diversion Road Middlewood Diversion Road, Pleasantfield, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lower Onslow Highway 102, Exit 14A to Belmont, has a one lane closure for roadwork until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Harbour Road New Harbour Road, New Harbour, from Route 329 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sweetland Road, Lower Northfield Sweetland Road, Lower Northfield, from Northfield Road to Back Street 2 Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge, Whitman Road Whitman Bridge on Whitman Road in Aylesford is closed to traffic for repairs until Friday, July 26. Detour routes on Maple Ave, Victoria Road and Ward Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 308 Route 308, Argyle, from Chemin de la Pointe to Indian Sluice Bridge, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30- read more

Park closure is bad for business

The closure of Long Point Provincial Park over the long weekend didn’t just hurt campers hoping to spend some time at the lake.Business owners in Long Point were feeling the lack of traffic through their sales.The park was closed to the public last week due to high water levels and flooding.“Of course, it would make sense that we’re losing business because the park is closed, but it’s been happening for two years in a row with the bridge conditions last year,” said Debra Mawhiney, owner of Udderly Kool, “We hope it’ll pick up. It is what it is, and we deal with it as we can.”Ray Ferris, owner of Old Cut Boat Livery, believes the closure was necessary and it would not have been fair to campers if they showed up to the grounds and they were soaked.“What I was critical about on social media was a post that Norfolk County made, which I think discouraged people from coming to Long Point altogether,” said Ferris.“I don’t have a problem with the decision of the park, they made the right call, but it was Norfolk County’s social media post that I thought was detrimental to other Long Point businesses.”A message posted on social media by the county stated the park was closed and urged the public “to consider the forecast when making plans to travel to Norfolk County this weekend.”Last year at this time a bridge on the Long Point Causeway was deemed unsafe for heavy traffic.“Not only did it discourage people from coming to Long Point, it also ended up costing me as a business owner a lot more to get products delivered,” Ferris said about last year’s bridge issues.On Sunday, there were still many cars parked along the sides of the road but the beach could only be entered on Pines Parkway and Woodstock Parkway.Stefanie Carroll, owner and operator of R&R Outdoors, says there is a big difference in business between this year and previous ones.“There’s a lot less people. Fridays are usually a steady stream of trailers and vehicles coming in. There’s definitely a significant decrease,” said Carroll.Carroll also said that the flooding is not as bad as the posts online made it seem.Ferris said he received multiple emails, text messages, and phone calls asking if his business was open over the long weekend.“Certainly the fact that both provincial parks were closed did cost us some business,” said Ferris. “For example, at our marina we rent boats, and a lot of the people that camp in the park do come over to rent a boat.”At this point, the park is expected to re-open on Friday, May 24.“Public safety and protecting park infrastructure is our main priority and will guide our decision on when to reopen the park or park facilities. Park staff are monitoring conditions and forecasts daily,” park superintendent Jeff Pickersgill said in an email.“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. All campsite reservation holders are being contacted by the Ontario Parks reservation service and offered a full refund or the option to change their reservation with no penalty where available,” he said.Updates are available at www.ontarioparks.com.astaylor@postmedia.com read more