Masset, Port happy to hear highway will be repaved

  • Jan. 22, 2014 5:00 p.m.

The highway between Port and Masset is getting re-paved this summer, and the councils couldn’t be happier. “It’s encouraging. We’re definitely looking forward to this section of road being re-paved. It’s deteriorated quite a bit and we’ve been lobbying the government for a couple years now to move on it sooner than later,” said Masset councillor and former mayor Barry Pages. Port mayor Wally Cheer echoes Mr. Pages sentiment, adding that the stretch of highway between the communities is a vital artery of travel. “The highway is an important link between the hospital, bank and other essential services we don’t have here in Port. We’re glad it’s happening,” he said. Mr. Cheer also said for the last few years, Port has been holding off on several small road work projects because it knew there wouldn’t be a paving crew on the islands for the past two years. We’re glad it’s happening and that a paving crew will be on island to help with that,” he said. The 42 km section of road was last paved in the late 1980s. The project is estimated to cost $6.4 million and has been on a ministry of transportation waiting list for several years.

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