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Business Community Disappointed With TIR Position on Truro Roundabout

Business community disappointed with TIR position on Truro roundabout

Lack of trade-enabling infrastructure restricts ability to grow business

TRURO – The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s (TIR) decision not to support the funding of a roundabout at the intersection of McClures Mills Road and Willow Street is extremely disappointing, says Andrew Lake, president of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce.

“Chamber members have supported the Town of Truro’s appeal for this project, citing that congestion at the intersection has impeded productivity and has restricted growth of the Truro Industrial Park,” says Lake.

“It’s not uncommon for vehicles to wait at the intersection through three to four cycles of the traffic lights to alleviate the queue.”

The proposed roundabout, which the town has advocated for a number of years, would allow traffic, including many commercial and or service related vehicles, to flow seamlessly through the intersection, eliminating needless idle time while improving business productivity.

Traffic congestion in that area also impedes customer access to businesses located in close proximity to the intersection.

Investment in Infrastructure was a platform the federal government campaigned on, citing investment in trade-enabling infrastructure as a means to stimulate the economy.

“It’s unfortunate the province’s rigid policies continue to hold the town back, restricting our ability to grow,” says Lake.