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Charlottetown council discusses compensating businesses for Queens Arms work

Charlottetown Coun. Jason Coady raised the possibility of providing compensation to businesses that will be negatively affected during a two-week shutdown of a major Charlottetown intersection later this month.
Charlottetown Coun. Jason Coady raised the possibility of providing compensation to businesses that will be negatively affected during a two-week shutdown of a major Charlottetown intersection later this month.

A number of Charlottetown businesses are concerned over how a two-week shutdown of a major intersection will affect their bottom line.

During Monday’s council meeting, Coun. Jason Coady raised the possibility of providing compensation to businesses that will be affected during the shutdown of the “Queens Arms” intersection later this month.

Coady said he’s received a number of phone calls from businesses on the issue.

“I’ve had a few phone calls, more than a few phone calls, and they’re quite concerned,” said Coady. “I agree the (city’s) communication strategy has been good, I know you have staff going door to door, but is there anything special just on compensation?”

The “Queens Arms” intersection, where Capital Drive, North River Road and Lower Malpeque road meet, will be closed for about two weeks in order to replace a storm channel, which the city says must be completed to keep the road from collapsing.

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Bernard said while there would not be compensation, the city has taken a number of steps to try and alleviate concerns.

“I know it’s going to be an inconvenience for some, that’s why I’m trying to get out and be proactive. We’re doing the best we can and we hope we can somewhat alleviate those stresses,” said Bernard. “None of the businesses will be closed off where people can’t access them, they’ll all be accessible.”

Bernard said detours are now on the city’s website, while digital message boards were placed in the area this week.

He said the city’s communications office will be giving updates on the progress every day through its website and social media every day.

He also said the city will be monitoring Beach Grove Road for traffic overflow, which was another concern brought to the city, and will consult with police if that becomes an issue.

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Bernard previously acknowledged that while the project will be a disruption for businesses and the public, it is necessary work and will prevent the road from a possible collapse.

He also said a full closure of the intersection, rather than trying to direct traffic through, will allow the work to be done more quickly.

 

mitchell.macdonald@theguardian.pe.ca

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Intersection closed Sept. 18

• The intersection of Capital Drive, North River Road and Lower Malpeque Road – known as the Queen’s Arms intersection – will be closed beginning Sept. 18 for about two weeks. A major storm channel needs to be replaced.

• Because the intersection will be closed, motorists are advised to detour around the area unless travelling to a business near the construction site.

• There are detours established for each of the 12 normal routes through the intersection and the City of Charlottetown has developed maps and signage to help direct visitors, residents and those working in the area.

• The signage will be posted along each of the detour routes.

• For more information or to download the suggested detour maps, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/intersectionwork.php.

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