BY KIRK STARRATT
Kings County Advertiser/Register
Kings County Councillor Eric Smith, who represents New Minas, is concerned about the condition of certain streets in his community.
Smith is lobbying the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to resurface Aalders Avenue, Cornwallis Avenue, Lockhart Drive and Jones Road. Smith says many of these streets are essentially subdivision roads but are being used as connectors as people attempt to avoid traffic on Commercial Street.
“Traffic has increased substantially and the roads are a mess,” he says. “People are getting off Commercial Street and going down through.”
The municipality has placed a couple of the subject streets, Lockhart Drive and Aalders Avenue, on its repaving priority list: the county and the provincial transportation department have a cost sharing agreement for paving of provincially-owned subdivision “J Class” roads.
Smith has been hearing a lot of comments on the new roundabout as well. It seems many people are confused. There was a recent meeting at the New Minas Civic Centre with Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal senior highway design engineer Keith Boddy on the issue. More signage is being considered to help clarify how the roundabout is supposed to be used. It’s important motorists have a sound understanding, especially as there are plans for another roundabout on Granite Drive once the proposed Highway 101 interchange is constructed.
There were few people at the meeting: Smith says has heard more complaints about the roundabout while in the community. He is also concerned part of the crosswalk in the roundabout was apparently not plowed following a recent snowstorm.