Despite brutally cold gales and challenging conditions, the $1-million roadwork project at Yarmouth Bar has made headway this winter.
Armour stone has been placed on the west side of the causeway by the curve heading onto Cape Forchu. A section of the seawall on the west side of the bridge has been replaced with new concrete and work is underway for a matching east wall.
Motorists have likely noticed the shelter on the north side of the bridge where work on that part of the seawall is taking place. Salamander heaters pumped hot air into the shelter, providing a bit of warmth for workers as they built forms for the wall. Concrete will be poured for that in early March.
Traffic lights were erected several months ago on both sides of the bridge to control access to the single lane.
The grate for the bridge platform has arrived in the province and will be delivered once the site is ready. Installation will be in two sections to maintain single-lane access to and from Cape Forchu.
Yarmouth municipal councillor Loren Cushing says a lot has been accomplished but acknowledges more repairs need to be done.
“People tell me it’s great you’re having that work done but you’ve got all this other stuff that needs to be done,” he said.
“I tell them, well, you’ve got to start somewhere. I’ll certainly be pushing to have work done in that area every year.”
Depending on the weather, work on the project may be wrapping up by early April.