Province Participates in ContinentWide Truck Inspection Blitz

first_imgVehicle compliance officers in Nova Scotia will be taking part in the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance truck inspection blitz from today, June 8 until Thursday, June 10 at the Amherst vehicle compliance station on Highway 104. Known as Roadcheck 2010, the international campaign emphasizes the importance of year-round commercial vehicle and driver safety inspections. Nova Scotia is a regular participant in this and other safety programs aimed at saving lives on North American highways. Last year, 245 inspections were carried out during the Nova Scotia event. Dan Leopold, manager of Vehicle Compliance for Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, said the safety record of commercial vehicles in Nova Scotia compares favourably with other provinces. “We’ve increased our staff during the past few years and have been working closely with the industry and other jurisdictions to educate drivers on what to look for when checking out their vehicles.” For more information on Roadcheck 2010 visit the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance website at .last_img read more

Indian Sluice Bridge Closures Start Today

first_imgStarting today, June 10, the Indian Sluice Bridge on Route 308 in Yarmouth County will be closed to traffic during specific times of the day for repairs. During weekdays, the bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The bridge will be open at all other times and on weekends. The work, scheduled to be completed by Friday, June 21, weather permitting, involves replacing the upper portion of the timber deck and inspecting steel connections. “I want to thank the residents in advance for their co-operation over the next two weeks while repairs are made to the existing bridge,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “I fully appreciate the closures might be an inconvenience, but the repairs are necessary while we continue our work to build a brand new two-lane bridge for residents and others who travel to and from Surette’s Island.” Residents, RCMP, fire, Emergency Measures Organization, Emergency Health Services and the CSAP school bus supervisor have been notified of the closure. The province is investing $13,533,445 to build a new bridge to replace the Indian Sluice Bridge. It is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2014. It is part of government’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan and the jobsHere economic development plan. A sketch of the new Indian Sluice Bridge, also known as Surette’s Island Bridge is available online at People can view the progress as the bridge gets built, at .last_img read more