Working together, Atlantic Canadians can expect millions of dollars in savings and efficiencies when the Maritime Link starts bringing electricity from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia in 2017. Energy Minister Charlie Parker has invited the Atlantic energy ministers to meet in Nova Scotia this spring to continue implementing the plan to secure more benefits from regional energy co-operation. “While most people understand Nova Scotia can’t control world energy prices, they are right to expect the government to put policies in place that ensure power rates are the lowest and fairest possible,” said Mr. Parker. “We have the evidence and we know the savings and opportunities will be significant. Now, we must work together to further develop the plan to ensure we turn that potential into reality.” Studies released in September by the Atlantic Energy Gateway identified significant potential benefits from regional energy collaboration on the Maritime Link project, including cost efficiencies, greater diversity in clean and renewable energy supplies, enhanced stability for ratepayers and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Parker said the reports show the Lower-Churchill/Maritime Link project is right for Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada and the country. “We must do all we can to maximize the savings, efficiencies and opportunities for Atlantic Canadians associated with this mega project,” Mr. Parker said. The Atlantic Energy Gateway was announced in March 2009 to enhance regional co-operation and develop Atlantic Canada’s clean energy resources. The gateway is a collaboration by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Natural Resources Canada, the Atlantic provinces, regional power utilities and electricity system operators. The executive summaries of the reports can be found at www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/publications/ResearchStudies/Pages/Home.aspx#aeg. Full reports are expected to be available soon.
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake has occasional stop-and-go traffic during work to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Fitch Road, Conquerall Mills Fitch Road from Conquerall Road to Lake Road, Conquerall Mills, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Monday, Oct. 30. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316, Goshen Route 316, from the intersection of Route 276 in Goshen north to the Antigonish-Guysborough county line, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic signals and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 3, Argyle Route 3, between Exit 32 and Ye Old Argyle Road, is reduced to one lane for paving and construction until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Hubbards to Ingramport Highway 103, from the Lunenburg County/Halifax Regional Municipality line, easterly for nine kilometres is reduced to one lane for repaving, shoulder work, gravelling and guardrail work until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Alternate route is on Exit 5A off Highway 103 at Ingramport, to Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) and back to Highway 103 at Exit 6. Work takes place during daytime hours. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hirtle Road, Lunenburg Hirtle Road from Route 325, Lunenburg, southerly for 1.6 kilometres has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mira Gut Bridge The Mira Gut Bridge on Mira Bay Drive is temporarily closed for inspection. There is a detour route via Brickyard Road and Hornes Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Garber Road, Newcombville Garber Road from Route 210 to Lapland Road, Newcombville, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrades and repairs until Friday, Nov. 17. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 1 Highway 1 from Avon River Bridge, Windsor, to Holmes Hill Road, Hantsport, is reduced to one lane for road work until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Watermills Road, Lunenburg Watermills Road from Italy Cross Road to New Cumberland Road, Lunenburg, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.