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Town carrying out June 10 infrastructure work on Starrs Road to alleviate Yarmouth Mall parking lot flooding issues

June 6 heavy rainfall in Yarmouth County. Yarmouth Mall parking lot. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
June 6 heavy rainfall in Yarmouth County. Yarmouth Mall parking lot. TINA COMEAU PHOTO - Tina Comeau
YARMOUTH, N.S. —

Starting Monday, June 10, the town of Yarmouth will be conducting what it calls a ‘major infrastructure repair’ on Starrs Road to help correct the issue that has led to recent flooding issues at the Yarmouth Mall parking lot during heavy rainfalls.

Starting at approximately 5:30 a.m. on June 10, Starrs Road will be closed from Pleasant Street to Charles Crosby Drive. Businesses will still be accessible to local traffic, but there will be no through traffic permitted on Starrs Road between Pleasant Street and Charles Crosby Drive.

In a June 7 media release the town said an estimate on completion time for the repair was not yet available.

“Updates will be posted on social media and provided to media in a timely manner,” the media release says. “Travelers are asked to be prepared to use an alternate route (Herbert Street) while this work is being completed.”

Asked about how people will still be able to access businesses on Starrs Road while this work is underway, the town say signs for ‘local traffic only’ will be posted at both ends of the closures.

“Vehicles will be permitted to pass by on either end in order to access businesses on the near side of the actual worksite,” the town says. “There will be a hard closure at the worksite. There will inevitably be traffic trying to get by the worksite and they will have the ability to enter the mall parking lot. While this is not ideal, it is better than closing down Starr’s Road completely.”

The town says the fix that has been identified stems from the fact that the mall property has no storm infrastructure. Storm water from a significant portion of the property drains via overland flow to a pipe inlet, which flows beneath Starr’s Road and eventually to a storm sewer onto Clements Avenue. Upon visual inspection of the performance of the pipe beneath Starr’s Road it has been determined it was not functioning to capacity. A section of the pipe is being replaced on Monday.

There was no word on cost in the town’s media release.

A detour will be in place starting the morning of June 10 for working taking place on Starrs Road in Yarmouth to correct flooding issues that have been happening at the Yarmouth Mall parking lot.
A detour will be in place starting the morning of June 10 for working taking place on Starrs Road in Yarmouth to correct flooding issues that have been happening at the Yarmouth Mall parking lot.

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