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Heavy rain impacts roads and trails in Salisbury

By Tara Clow Mar 11, 2024 | 1:06 PM

Detours and lane reductions remain in place in Salisbury after heavy rain washed out roads in late February.

Monteagle Road and Route 112 were affected on Feb. 29.

Salisbury Mayor Robert Campbell says the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DTI) managed to put in a lane to allow residents in that region to get in and out.

“They are obviously evaluating the other major washouts, where they have a detour in place,” Campbell adds.

The community is also working on plans to be more prepared for future climate change events.

“Some planning and future visioning, we’re trying to get ahead of that, working with DTI to ensure this isn’t a yearly event, but sadly I do think it’s going to be a yearly event until we can get some work in place and get it done. We’re still evaluating the costs and there definitely are some huge inconveniences for residents with detours,” Campbell says.

He also stated that he doesn’t feel there’s enough funding from the government going into culverts and roads, but he added they are getting reassurances that this work is a priority because their region is the gateway to Atlantic Canada.

“We’ll continue to focus them on these matters because our residents are equally as important. The problem is, we’re seeing this all across the province. But they have assured us that they are evaluating and they’re looking at getting the work done,” says Campbell.

The Salisbury Wetland Trail was also impacted by heavy rain at the end of February, and it experienced some major flooding, causing some erosion.

“We had to close down this trail area to people while we evaluate and do repairs on that,” Campbell adds.