Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, Country Harbour Mines, will have alternating one-lane closures for ditching, installation of pipes, asphalt patching and repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March 2013. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 eastbound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for the installation of traffic signals, patching and paving until Monday, Nov. 19. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105, Little Bras d’Or Bridge Traffic on Highway 105, the Trans Canada Highway, is being detoured onto the new Little Bras d’Or Bridge, while work is being done on a water pipeline. When work is complete, traffic will return to the existing bridge until work is completed on the new bridge approach road. Drivers should travel with caution. The new bridge is scheduled to open at the end of November. QUEENS COUNTY: Potanoc Bridge Weather permitting, Potanoc Bridge will be closed for repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 14. The detour route is via the Milton Bridge, about 1.5 kilometres south of Potanoc Bridge. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Tangier to Spry Harbour, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Some night work may be required. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Traffic on sections of Highway 1, from about one kilometre east of Annapolis Royal to about six kilometres west of Annapolis Royal, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Route 340 Traffic on sections of Route 340, from the intersection of Townshipline Road, near Ohio, south for about seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Route 303 Traffic on sections of Route 303, from the Digby town line to the Saint John Ferry Terminal, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road, from Trunk 4 north to Cenotaph Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and road repairs until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from St. James Road to Groves Point, will have one-lane closures for milling and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Back Road Traffic on sections of Back Road, from the intersection of Landsdowne Road to Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clementsvale Road Clementsvale Road, from Princedale Branch Road to Clementsport Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Beaverbrook Bridge The Beaverbrook Bridge on the Cabot Trail, Middle River will be reduced to one lane for culvert repairs until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic signals in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Traffic on sections of Highway 10, from the Lunenburg County Line north to Ridge Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. LUNENBURG: Trunk 3 Trunk 3, Fletcher Hebb Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Intersection Route 333/Trunk 3 Intersection Route 333/Trunk 3 will have stop and go traffic for installation of traffic signals, asphalt patching and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place at night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road near Jacket Lake will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for paving until Friday, Nov. 30.Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125, between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road, will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3. Drivers should expect slow-moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Welshtown Bridge The Welshtown Bridge will have a five-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Vehicles over five tonnes can use Highway 203 known as the Ohio Road, Trunk 3, and Upper Clyde Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 3 east for about four kilometres, to Old Landfill Road in Mount Uniacke, will be reduced to one lane for widening, milling, guardrail and shoulder work. When work is complete, Old Landfill Road west to Exit 3 will be reduced to one lane. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Traffic on sections of Route 316, west of the intersection of Whitehead Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control people are on site and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Drivers should travel with extra care. PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and there is a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 3 Traffic on sections of Highway 3, from Exit 32A to the intersection of Route 308 at Tusket, will be reduced to one lane for culvert replacement and paving until Friday, Nov. 16. -30-last_img read more

Venezuela talks in the balance as US ups pressure on Maduro

BOGOTA — For weeks, representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his would-be successor, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, have been shuttling back and forth to Barbados trying to agree on a common path out of the country’s prolonged political standoff.The meetings have been slow-going and shrouded in mystery, with neither side disclosing details. But now Maduro’s supporters are accusing the U.S. of trying to blow up the fragile process.The purported explosive: sweeping new sanctions that freeze all of the Maduro government’s assets in the U.S. and even threaten to punish companies from third countries that keep doing business with his socialist administration.“They’re trying to dynamite the dialogue,” Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Tuesday at a news conference to denounce comments by U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton defending the asset freeze. “But nobody, not even 1,000 Trumps or 500 Boltons … will make us abandon the negotiating table.”Building on its role as a facilitator of Colombia’s peace process, Norway in May managed to overcome deep distrust arising from past failed attempts at dialogue and bring the two sides together in Oslo. Talks have since moved to the Caribbean island of Barbados, where the fifth round wrapped up last week.Neither side has said much about what is being discussed although speculation has swirled in political and diplomatic circles that Maduro’s envoys have expressed a willingness to call an early presidential election under a revamped electoral board and foreign observation. The U.S. has insisted Maduro must give up power before any elections can be deemed credible.Three people involved in the talks from different sides have described the environment as serious-minded and cordial, with each delegation dining and travelling back and forth to the island from Caracas separately. All three insist progress has been made, even if the thorny topic of elections is being left for last and an all-encompassing deal based on a six-point agenda is some way off. The people agreed to speak to The Associated Press only on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to divulge details of the talks.Such insider accounts differ sharply from the assessment of Bolton and other hardliners inside the Trump administration who have accused Maduro of using the talks to buy time.“We will not fall for these old tricks of a tired dictator,” Bolton declared Tuesday at a meeting in Peru of more than 50 governments aligned against Maduro. “No more time for tap, tap, tapping. Now is the time for action.”To be sure, nobody in the Trump administration has disavowed the talks, and some analysts believe Bolton’s “bad cop” persona and his threats of more punitive actions to come may even provide a boost to the mediation effort.David Smilde, a sociology professor at Tulane University who has studied Venezuela for over 25 years, said similar strong-armed tactics by the U.S. failed to prevent a negotiated end to the civil wars in Central America in the 1980s. Then, as the Cold War was still raging, U.S. funding of the contra army in Nicaragua in direct defiance of a regional peace plan actually increased international support for it.“Ironically, obnoxious, bald actions by Bolton to sabotage the talks could end up favouring negotiations,” said Smilde.Like Maduro, Guaidó, who heads the opposition-controlled congress, has shown no willingness to ditch the talks despite pressure to do so from hawks inside his coalition who accuse him of turning a blind eye to Maduro’s alleged torturing of opponents.“We are doing everything possible to continue the Norwegian mechanism,” Guaidó said Tuesday when asked whether talks would continue.But while neither side wants to bear the blame for a collapse, an eventual deal still faces huge obstacles.Maduro, although severely weakened by the U.S. sanctions and increasingly isolated internationally, still enjoys the support of powerful allies like Russia and China. He also has the backing of the military, the traditional arbiter of disputes in Venezuela. Neither the military nor the U.S. is a party to the talks, even though Maduro’s main goal is the removal of U.S. sanctions.Meanwhile, Guaidó’s momentum has stalled since he declared himself interim president in January over what the U.S. and some 50 other nations saw as Maduro’s fraudulent re-election last year. Demonstrations that at the start of the year filled the streets of Caracas have thinned to a trickle and a military uprising called for by Guaidó in April ended with several opposition lawmakers on the run or in exile.While Guaidó’s negotiators have become more flexible, some in the opposition will be emboldened by the latest U.S. sanctions, said Phil Gunson, a Caracas-based analyst for the International Crisis Group.But he said he sees no evidence Maduro is seriously considering giving up power.“As long as each side pursues a winner-take-all approach, they are less willing to make concessions and a deal will remain elusive,” Gunson said.___Joshua Goodman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APjoshgoodmanJoshua Goodman, The Associated Press read more

Survey underway to help improve health social services

A survey has been created for members of the public to voice their needs to the Haldimand-Norfolk Health and Social Services board about its programs and services.The anonymous community needs assessment survey was designed to take the pulse of the population when it comes to all things public health, social services, housing and more. It was created by a group in the QPAP (Quality, Planning, Accountability, and Performance) department.Questions cover a wide range of topics, including respondents’ ability to access social services and healthcare, eating and exercise habits, family make-up, housing situation and more.Some questions are basic:  “What was your total household income, after income taxes, in 2018?” and “What services do you think are needed to improve the social health of yourself, your family, and/or your community?”Other topics covered include mental health, addictions, homelessness, childcare and employment among others.Respondents are also asked their views on Haldimand and Norfolk such as their level of agreement to statements such as  “Haldimand-Norfolk is a good place to raise a family” or “Haldimand-Norfolk is a safe place to be my true self”.The data will go a long way in helping staff refine and improve the services they deliver to the more than 100,000 residents of Haldimand and Norfolk.“Resident feedback is one of the best ways for us to understand what people need and where, so this survey is incredibly important,” Chimere Okoronkwo, Director of Health and Social Services’ Quality, Planning, Accountability and Performance department, said in a press release.“The more people who take part in the Community Needs Assessment, the more data we have – and the more data we have, the better we can plan for the future.”There is no set goal for a number of respondents, but the more people that fill it out the better.The survey can be done online or over the phone, and is available in English, French and Spanish. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and will be open until Sept. 30. It can be completed by phone by calling 519-426-6170 ext. 3274.Respondents will be entered into a draw for one of three $25 gift cards to a local grocery store.Haldimand-Norfolk Health and Social Services deliver a variety of services that build and sustain the community, in the areas of public health employment, children’s services, housing and more.The survey can be found at https://surveys.norfolkcounty.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=94MJ872 read more