More than 12 kilometres of highway in the Tantramar riding will see some upgrades this year.
Three projects have been earmarked for the region this summer, including: paving of about eight kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway, Route 2, from Beech Hill towards the Memramcook exit; two kilometres of resurfacing on Route 106, in the Frosty Hollow area; and two kilometres of paving for Route 16 near Pointe de Bute.
The 8.6-kilometre stretch of road along Route 2 that will be repaired and paved has been recently identified as a dangerous section for motorists, said Olscamp, with a number of cars going off the road there especially in wet conditions.
“That’s a safety issue there, that’s why that’s being fixed right away,” he said.
Along Route 106, the paving will be continued from where the construction work ended last year, coming from Dorchester, and will reach another two kilometres towards Sackville. Olscamp said he had hoped to reach “town limits” with the paving job this year, which would have totaled about 3.6 kilometres. But because of the large section to be resurfaced on Highway 2, it simply wasn’t possible, he said.
Route 16 work will include resurfacing of the two-lane highway from Pointe de Bute for two kilometres heading east.
Olscamp said there are also funds still to be announced out of the “county budget” for secondary roads and he hopes the Tantramar region will benefit from that this year.
He said he will also continue to fight for his fair share of funds for grass and bush cutting this year, which is always needed in the Tantramar region.