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Construction Upsetting Area Residents
(Tuesday, November 8, 2005) - Another Dartmouth area Councillor has added his voice to the growing list of officials and residents who are calling on the provincial government to cease 24-hour construction operations on the highway 118 Interchange.
Councillor Jim Smith said today the Dartmouth Crossings project is a very important one for the residents of District 9 and all of Dartmouth.
"It will create jobs and opportunities for local residents, as well as generate tax dollars for HRM. I get calls from my constituents asking when the development will be finished. They not only want to access job opportunities but will be shopping and using the amenities to be built . This project could be a impetus to a stronger economic sustainability for the residents of North Dartmouth."
However, Councillor Smith said that although there have been work stoppages due to environmental concerns on the project, it is inappropriate for the Province to make up for lost time at the expense of the peace and comfort of area residents.
"The work on the interchange needs to be scheduled during the normal HRM-approved construction hours. They should abide by the same rules as the Dartmouth Crossings contractors do," he said.
HRM hours regarding construction work are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dartmouth Crossing has been ending construction at 7 p.m.
Councillor Jim Smith
District 9 (Albro Lake-Harbourview)