The warden of Antigonish Co. says the wait for information from officials with the provincial government on a dangerous intersection in the municipality has been frustrating.
Councillors first brought up concerns regarding the Beech Hill Rd.-Trunk 4 intersection in the Beech Hill area in Sept. 2017.
After September’s regular municipal council meeting Tuesday night, Owen McCarron, the municipality’s warden, said provincial transportation officials did studies on the intersection months ago.
McCarron said they haven’t heard much, if anything since then.
“We’re frustrated, to be honest, because that traffic count was done a long time ago, (and) we were assured that the details would be out shortly,” he said. “We’re six-to-eight months into this now, and we don’t seem to be getting any results from Halifax on this.”
The intersection has been the site of numerous crashes and near misses since it re-opened to four-way traffic in Oct. 2016, shortly after the new Antigonish highway bypass opened between Beech Hill and Taylors Rd.
McCarron said he doesn’t understand the hold-up.
“We’re asking questions and we’re not getting anything,” he said.” It’s frustrating for the travelling public and it’s frustrating for us, because we’re fielding the calls- they have the information, and it seems like it’s sitting somewhere.”
McCarron said municipal officials met recently, and have requested more information, but just aren’t getting it.
He said it’s been months since they’ve heard from their provincial counterparts, so they have called and emailed the office of Lloyd Hines, the province’s minister of transportation and the MLA for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, to try to get some details on the plan for the intersection.