P.E.I. government closes portion of Cape Breton Road

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A portion of Cape Breton Road has been closed because of erosion.

A portion of the Cape Breton Road has been permanently closed.

Shelley Cole-Arbing, environmental co-ordinator with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, said in an email the portion of Route 257 has been closed since December 2011 because of erosion to the surface of the clay road.

“Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal havebeen working since 2008 to solve ongoing erosion and runoff problems on Cape Breton Road, which are harmful to fish and fish habitat down into Clark’s Creek,” she said.

Independent Progressive Conservative MLA Olive Crane represents the area.She said the section gets washed out.

“It’s been an issue for the last couple of years for work done on the road.”

The closure runs 715 metres from south of Fort Augustus Road to Pisquid West.

“In the past, arrangements have been made for people to get to wood properties. The closure of the road has been in process for three years,” Crane said.

Cole-Arbing said the local watershed group and residents all support the closure.

“Closing a portion of Cape Breton Road is the most environmentally responsible decision in this case, and will prove to bethe permanent solution we have been looking for,” she said.



By Kayla Woodside




Organizations: Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Geographic location: Cape Breton Road, Fort Augustus Road

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