Tryon highway realignment to begin mid-August

Teresa Wright
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Google Street View of Tryon Baptist Church that will be moved by the province to make way for a more gentle curve of the Trans-Canada highway in Tryon.

A sharp curve in the Trans-Canada Highway in Tryon will soon be straighter and safer.

Work is set to begin in mid-August on a realignment of a dangerous 1.6 km section of the highway in Tryon.

“I know there have been quite a few accidents on this particular stretch of road,” said Darrell Evans, design manager with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

“We’ve had instances where we’ve replaced a guard rail on that curve and then the next week it was damaged due to a truck flipped over, so it’s a bad curve.”

Department officials say this curve does not meet current national safety guidelines.

The curve radius of this particular stretch of the Trans-Canada is about 270-280 meters. This will be improved to a 600-metre radius curve.

“That will greatly improve the safety of the road going around this curve,” Evans said.

In order to straighten out this part of the highway, the Tryon United Baptist Church will be moved to an adjacent property.

This is the second of three changes to realign the Trans-Canada Highway, which were first proposed in 2011. The first of this three-stage project was completed the last year in Churchill. That project, known as the Plan B highway realignment, was met with deep concern and protest over the environmental impacts of the highway.

Alternately, the project this year has not received any negative feedback from the public. Evans says this project is significantly smaller in scale and cost. The Plan B highway cost $16-million, while the tender for the realignment in Tryon has come in at $1.75 million.

“It’s not a very complex project,” Evans said.

“The one last year was a six-kilometre stretch of road and fairly hilly, as you know, and steep hills, lots of cuts, lots of fills. This one is not as complicated as that.”

The work is expected to take six-to-eight weeks to complete. Construction may cause some temporary travel delays, but not for any great length of time, Evans added.

The final phase of the Trans-Canada realignment is a proposed bypass behind Crapaud to the south-west.

But this project is still in the planning phase and would still need to go to public consultation.

Also, other capital projects may come sooner, such as the Cornwall bypass or an extension of this year’s Tryon project, which would see additional improvements on a second a curve further north.

“It all hinges on our own budget availability and other external factors,” Evans said.

Provincial officials are still awaiting word on whether some of the cost of this year’s Tryon highway work will be shared by the federal government, as was the case for the Churchill realignment last year.

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Tryon United Baptist Church

Geographic location: Tryon, Canada, Churchill

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  • J
    July 22, 2014 - 18:58

    Go for it, the whole Trans Canada from Borden to Ch'town needs to be rebuilt. If any of you have ever driven to Halifax etc you can see what a difference a good highway makes, no wonder we need so many costly repairs to our vehicles Perhaps improved highways will discourage 40 Kim drivers in 90 Klm zone. I often wonder if some of those slow drivers ever get off the Island, for sure they would be ticketed.

  • hugh
    July 22, 2014 - 12:02

    I agree with "Observer" - this is half measure, but I am not surprised, after the lies about Plan B and the enormous cost and landscape ruination of the plan B project, and the money spend, that they now have less money and maybe no political friends to reward by doing it right at Tryon. I have no illusions that the Ghiz Gov. does anything without a thorough political benefits analysis before hand. Everything done on this Island is for the Ghiz and the friends.

  • Kisten White
    July 22, 2014 - 09:33

    As long as the church is saved! I was married in this church! and that curve is a hazard - ice flew off the top of a truck on winter and hit the windshield of my parents truck - and almost went through - so I believe a change in this curve is necessary .

  • Quiet Observer
    July 22, 2014 - 09:07

    No question this is a bad corner. To me, a bigger danger than Bonshaw was, but that's just me. But I am a little confused by route they are taking. It is still going to leave a fairly sharp corner. When they announced the fixing of that corner, I figured they would start the new road back about 1000 ft on the previous left turn (heading west), just past the Callbeck Road, and go straight off there, go in back of church and the houses next to it and join on after the sharp left turn that heads straight to Tryon (intersection of route 232 and TCH). It is a straight line and seems to make more sense.

  • Bonshaw Resident
    July 22, 2014 - 05:36

    Can you imagine the howls of protest had the government wanted to move a church in Bonshaw last year? At least the folks in Tryon are pragmatic.

    • An ACTUAL Bonshaw Resident
      July 22, 2014 - 10:56

      There is no debate about the Tryon corner being treacherous. The Bonshaw realignment deeply affected and upended a broad section of our community and dozens of residents and businesses. Bonshaw was never considered to be as necessary by the public. How can you compare?

    • Bonshaw Resident
      July 22, 2014 - 19:32

      ACTUAL Bonshaw resident - I am one too and not all of us in the community were against Plan B although the vocal ones like yourself tried to made it seem that way. Plan B is a great highway and a pleasure to drive every day. Those of us who work appreciate it!!

    • Kyle
      July 23, 2014 - 15:18

      You can't be serious. Sure it may be a nice highway, but the changes were not necessary. Not much sense of community in you, is there? How many of your neighbours were affected. Ignorance is bliss.