MARSHALLTOWN, NS – A radar speed sign has been set up by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal in Marshalltown on Highway 101 after several area residents raised concerns about safety.
The corner in question is on the highway immediately after Acadian Wipers Ltd., heading towards the town of Digby, where accidents often happen.
The sign has been installed several hundred feet before the highway curves.
Warden Jimmy MacAlpine confirmed Digby’s municipal council raised community members’ concerns during regular meetings with the local transport department office.
The corner, according to MacAlpine, was not the only aspect of highway concerning residents. The businesses and houses also located on that stretch mean cars enter and exit driveways, and can also be dangerous.
“People were very concerned because yes, that stretch of highway has seen many accidents,” said MacAlpine.
“The thought people had was basically to put something there to make people more aware of the speed they’re travelling.”
It’s a thought that was echoed. Brian Taylor, a communications manager with the department, confirmed the sign was installed in response to safety concerns with speeding and general driving safety.
In addition to making people more aware of the speed they’re traveling, Taylor says “the sign will help gather data on this particular section of road.”