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Hantsport infrastructure upgrades under way


HANTSPORT – The first of three infrastructure upgrades in the community of Hantsport has begun, with Holmes Hill Road leading the charge. 

The street, which connects Hantsport to Falmouth, has been in rough shape for several years, but the former town council was unable to afford upgrades prior to dissolution according to councillor Robbie Zwicker.

“If the former town council hadn’t seen the wisdom that dissolution was the only way forward, the federal dollars would have passed us by,” Zwicker said. “At a 50, 25, 25 (federal, provincial, municipal funding) split at approximately $2 million, it would have cost the former town $500,000 and those monies just weren’t there.”

Zwicker said he expects to see Chittick Avenue and School Street upgrades to begin in 2017.

Much of the actual work is being done underground, shoring up aging pipes and drains.

“The main transit line from our water treatment plant in Bishopville, that’s something that will have to be looked at in the near future,” he said.

The line was noted as a major necessary upgrade in a Stantec study prior to the town’s dissolution.

Zwicker said he’s happy to finally see the Holmes Hill Road project proceed.

“Anytime I got a new tire for my bicycle, I would use the Holmes Hill test,” he said. “If I could ride down the road and not get a flat, my tubes were in good condition, I could take on any street.”

“It’s been in horrible condition for a long time,” he added.

The Holmes Hill Road upgrades are expected to cost approximately $1.8 million

School Street and Chittick Avenue are expected to cost approximately the same or less, with the three projects totalling around $5 million in total – with the federal government picking up 50 per cent of costs and the remainder being split between the province and West Hants. 

The federal government has kicked in similar infrastructure funds around the country. 

Linda Bourne, a resident of Holmes Hill, said she was happy to see the upgrades begin.

“We needed the road done,” Bourne said. “There’s a lot of roads that are worse, but this one needed to be done.”

Bourne said she hasn’t been too impacted by the construction and detours on the street.

“I can just park on the side street,” she said. “The crews are very good about making a way out on the weekend for us.”

The street, which connects Hantsport to Falmouth, has been in rough shape for several years, but the former town council was unable to afford upgrades prior to dissolution according to councillor Robbie Zwicker.

“If the former town council hadn’t seen the wisdom that dissolution was the only way forward, the federal dollars would have passed us by,” Zwicker said. “At a 50, 25, 25 (federal, provincial, municipal funding) split at approximately $2 million, it would have cost the former town $500,000 and those monies just weren’t there.”

Zwicker said he expects to see Chittick Avenue and School Street upgrades to begin in 2017.

Much of the actual work is being done underground, shoring up aging pipes and drains.

“The main transit line from our water treatment plant in Bishopville, that’s something that will have to be looked at in the near future,” he said.

The line was noted as a major necessary upgrade in a Stantec study prior to the town’s dissolution.

Zwicker said he’s happy to finally see the Holmes Hill Road project proceed.

“Anytime I got a new tire for my bicycle, I would use the Holmes Hill test,” he said. “If I could ride down the road and not get a flat, my tubes were in good condition, I could take on any street.”

“It’s been in horrible condition for a long time,” he added.

The Holmes Hill Road upgrades are expected to cost approximately $1.8 million

School Street and Chittick Avenue are expected to cost approximately the same or less, with the three projects totalling around $5 million in total – with the federal government picking up 50 per cent of costs and the remainder being split between the province and West Hants. 

The federal government has kicked in similar infrastructure funds around the country. 

Linda Bourne, a resident of Holmes Hill, said she was happy to see the upgrades begin.

“We needed the road done,” Bourne said. “There’s a lot of roads that are worse, but this one needed to be done.”

Bourne said she hasn’t been too impacted by the construction and detours on the street.

“I can just park on the side street,” she said. “The crews are very good about making a way out on the weekend for us.”

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