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Highway 107-Highway 102 interchange update

The Department of Public Works has announced regular lane closures and construction on Highway 102, near exit 4C, in both directions will be ongoing until Saturday, August 31, for the construction of the Highway 107-Highway 102 interchange.

After receiving this information, I reached out to Public Works. I urged them to provide advance warning to motorists so they can choose alternate routes if possible. This approach was helpful last year when lanes on the 102 had to be closed for blasting; Public Works posted the information on their Twitter/X account and emailed it to me so I could share the information online. It’s not a perfect system – sometimes we are in meetings and don’t see the email until the lane closure is underway, and sometimes we receive the information right before or during the closure. However, the Department has agreed once again to send the information to the offices of MLAs in areas affected by the lane closures. My office will do our best to give commuters this information as quickly as possible.

I have also asked the department to use signage to alert drivers before they get on the 102 that there will be a lane restriction ahead. I made a similar request last year during the blasting; I figured that if we can notify commuters about accidents or lane closures on the Halifax Harbour Bridges, we should do the same for our 100-series highways. There is no word yet on whether this will happen, but I will keep pressing the issue.

If you’re wondering why this work can’t be done at night, you’re not alone. It turns out there are various reasons:

  1. It’s hard enough to recruit enough workers for day jobs, let alone overnight positions.
  2. Working overnight would increase the project cost by about 30 percent.
  3. Although we managed to repave the 102 at night several years ago, this project is more complicated.
  4. It’s safer to do this work in daylight.
  5. Not everyone appreciated the overnight paving – the department received complaints about lights shining in bedroom windows and excessive noise. This project would be noisier.

As this province aims to double its population, a goal articulated by the premier, we must improve our services and infrastructure. Currently, people cannot afford to buy or rent homes, our classrooms are overcrowded (even with new schools added in Bedford), and the doctor waitlist has more than doubled in less than three years. We need to find more ways for people to move about this city without sitting in gridlock.