Overhead signs on Cobequid Pass to be operational in weeks

Raissa Tetanish
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OXFORD - New overhead signs on the Cobequid Pass should be powered up in a couple of weeks.

Lindsay Lewis, a communications officer with the Department of Transportation, said the overhead signs, which are above the east and westbound lanes, were installed over the weekend.
"But it will take a couple of weeks for the power to be run out to them and for them to be up and running," Lewis said Tuesday afternoon.
The signs are just one of a number of recommendations the department has completed or are working on since 1,500 motorists were stranded on the pass last winter in a snow storm.
"We've installed the permanent message signs, have paved the crossovers between the east and westbound lanes, and we've installed a new weather station and also made sure the toll staff has access to the station," Lewis said.
"The weather station is improving our weather mapping along the toll."
The overhead signs will give motorists an idea of what kind of weather conditions to expect when travelling the Cobequid Pass.
Heading east, motorists will see the pass before Exit 6 at Oxford, while those heading in the opposite direction will see the signs just before the Masstown exit.
"We'll only call the signs into action during weather conditions, such as snow," Lewis said, adding messages will be seen when the Pass is impassable, and if it has to be closed because of an accident.
It cost the department more than $410,000 for the signs and installation, according to Lewis.
"The cost of the construction and the installation was $412,000 per sign, and that included the design, installation, message sign, guard rail, maintenance and warranty," she said.
The signs were made by Ledstar Inc., a company based out of Ontario.
Another recommendation that the department is working on is improving the old highway conditions through the Wentworth Valley.
rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Department of Transportation, Ledstar

Geographic location: OXFORD, Ontario, Wentworth Valley

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