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Reconstruction of Sissiboo Road section planned for summer: department

What Sissiboo Road looked like June 2 after one evening of rain. Even without steady rain potholes and puddles are a common sight.
What Sissiboo Road looked like June 2 after one evening of rain. Even without steady rain potholes and puddles are a common sight.

DIGBY, NS – Sissiboo Road will receive more upgrades as the weather turns warmer, says the department of transportation.

Brian Taylor, media advisor for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, said the department is aware of the ongoing issues on Sissiboo Road.

“Grading was done earlier this season,” he said in an email.

“The piles on the edges are sod are a result of that. This sod is generated by grading to the edge of the road to get all of the gravel material back on the road.”  

Taylor said asphalt patching is also planned for this season on the paved stretch of Sissiboo Road.

Many Digby County residents have spoken out about deplorable conditions on dirt roads such as Sissiboo Road, French Road and Moody Lane.

Among these voices was Janice Thibault, who hopes changes come fast since she says the issue has been ongoing since winter.

“This has been an issue since the snow first melted,” she says.

“There’s no way to get around the potholes which means we all have to drive through them.”

The province announced $2.9 million in funding April 7 for address repairs and reconstruction on gravel roads in the southwest area including Digby, Yarmouth, Kings, Annapolis, Shelburne, Queens and Liverpool.

Taylor confirmed Sissiboo Road will be allocated money from this funding.

“Crews are planning to rehabilitate 1.6 kilometres of the road from the end of the pavement towards Bear River,” he said.

According to the department, the project is in its planning stages and its tender should be released late June or July.

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