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Relax, they'll be back

Don’t panic. The traffic lights at intersections in New Glasgow and Stellarton will come back on.

Lights at several intersections are out awaiting repairs and upgrades.

The town of New Glasgow is currently upgrading their lights at the intersections of  George Street and Riverside Parkway and George and Provost Street. They are going to be out of service for about a month. They are putting in new traffic poles and traffic light controllers.

In the meantime, stop signs are in places at both intersections.

In unrelated light news, in Stellarton at Bridge and Foord, the pole was hit by a truck and damaged beyond repair, says engineer Bob Funke.

While it may seem like a simple procedure to put new lights back up, Funke said that the manufacturers of the poles required are few and far between.

The poles they require are made of spun aluminum and are purchased through a distributer in Halifax who brings them in from Quebec. Unfortunately few poles are alike.

“Nobody inventories these, because they’re pretty much custom. They’re not cheap poles,” Funke said. “You have to wait until the poles are manufactured. We expect delivery by the end of August.”

Poles range in cost from $800 to $1,500.

The Town of Stellarton has some capital upgrades happening in that area as it is so will probably time it to coincide.

In the meantime, Funke said it’s important for people to remember to treat the flashing lights as a four way stop.

Thankfully, with summer, the town isn’t dealing with school traffic, he said.

Geographic location: Stellarton, New Glasgow, George Street Riverside Parkway Halifax Quebec

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  • Rules of the Road
    July 10, 2014 - 09:41

    The Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles has made a copy of the Nova Scotia Drivers Handbook available to view on their website. Referencing chapter 2, page 40 of the Drivers Handbook, “The flashing red signal has the same meaning as the stop sign: Stop and do not go until you can enter the intersection without interfering with approaching traffic.”, while it also states “The flashing yellow or amber signal has the same meaning as a warning sign: Slow down and proceed with caution.” Perhaps the information that is found in the Drivers Handbook should be occasionally reviewed by members of the Pictou County Traffic Authority before they make incorrect radio announcements as they have done in the past, that confuse many motorists.

  • islandman
    July 09, 2014 - 22:17

    Sadly it seems few drivers in Pictou County know (remember) the rules of the road. Flashing RED means STOP while flashing yellow (amber) means proceed with caution, NOT STOP. I've seen so many near misses because some drivers come to a full stop at a flashing amber when they don't need to (no oncoming traffic with right of way ). Flashing amber has the right of way when opposed to flashing RED. Please educate our people!!!!

  • joe c
    July 09, 2014 - 15:05

    All the construction happening around the county right now is disgusting. All jobs do not have to happen at once. There are jobs that could happen earlier or later in the season, NOT during peak tourism. I am a downtown business owner and meet many people, Our business is down thousands compared to past years. I have met many tourist that say they will NEVER come back here again. Then after the mess with most lights out in the county, Trenton connector closed three times so far, east river road, Westville road, and many many others. We have the Maritime building coming down which will kill downtown business again. Oh lets not forget the town does not like to clear snow in the winter. Soon if this keeps up and my business does not go under it will certainly leave new Glasgow. Thanks Barry M.

  • townie
    July 09, 2014 - 13:55

    flashing yellow ..proceed with caution.

  • linda
    July 09, 2014 - 13:47

    Flashing red is to be treated as a four way stop but a flasing yellow (as on the stellarton road by quality Cleaners) means to proceed with caution.Do not stop at a flashing yellow. Proceed with caution....is this or is this not correct?

  • linda
    July 09, 2014 - 13:46

    Flashing red is to be treated as a four way stop but a flasing yellow (as on the stellarton road by quality Cleaners) means to proceed with caution.Do not stop at a flashing yellow. Proceed with caution....is this or is this not correct?