New Minas' traffic confusion

Kirk Starratt
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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.



Organizations: Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, New Minas Civic Centre

Geographic location: Aalders Avenue, Commercial Street, Kings Cornwallis Avenue Jones Road

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Recent comments

  • Red
    January 17, 2011 - 09:19

    The biggest reason why people use the back roads is because main street is so congested as a result of the numberous amount of stop lights. The shopping malls have a relatively small amount of vehicles going in and out, they do not each need two traffic lights. If each mall only had one light and two right turning lanes only this would dramacially reduce the congestion on main street. The traffic circle was a horible idea as traffic circles are ment to reduce traffic speed. The best way to prevent people from using the connector roads is to one fix the traffic congestion on commerical street and two put in traffic violations for turning onto the connector roads between 9am-5pm except for those that actually live on those roads, make them gated communities or two put in vehicle traps on all the entrances except for Jones road. It is getting to the point that it takes more time to drive from wolfville to walmart going on the 101 than it takes to drive from wolfville to the halifax shopping centre, especially now with the traffic circle.

  • Taylor
    January 14, 2011 - 09:17

    It might have something to do with that horrible round-a-bout, it serves no purpose but to slow and congest traffic and nearly cause or cause a lot of accidents. I mean where are we some little back town in England?