The Nova Scotia authorities might should pay as a lot as $150,000 to put cable, probably fibre-optic, to 2 distant digital freeway indicators on the Cobequid Go to hard-wire them to the web.
The present mobile connection to the Freeway 104 weather-warning indicators has had “ongoing reliability points,” based on Troy Webb, the northern district director for the Transportation Division.
The connectivity points have been sporadic, however they’ve been happening for years.
“We have had some points with the expertise being dependable to attach every time to an IP tackle. We additionally had some points with the battery packs failing,” Webb mentioned Tuesday.
Throughout storms final Tuesday and Friday, officers couldn’t connect with the indicators with the intention to put up a warning message to motorists about horrible street circumstances.
Throughout final Tuesday’s snowstorm, the place a part of the toll freeway needed to be closed, employees needed to be known as into service to redirect westbound site visitors onto Trunk 4. Some motorists have been caught of their autos for hours.
Summer season repair did little
Recent battery packs have been put in within the indicators this summer time, however the connectivity issues have persevered. Generally the indicators should by bodily rebooted to reactivate them.
Webb acknowledged that having individuals redirect freeway site visitors in storm circumstances, the place visibility is diminished, is a “concern.”
The division is buying round for quotes, he mentioned, however estimates the job to put about 4 kilometres of cable shall be within the six-figure vary.
“We might be someplace in extra of $100,000, most likely $100,000 to $150,000,” he mentioned.
The 2 overhead indicators have been put in in 2009 at a price of greater than $1 million. It value the province $81,000 merely to run energy to the 2 distant websites, one close to Oxford and the opposite outdoors Masstown.
Though the division would love the work accomplished “as quickly as potential,” Webb mentioned doing so in throughout winter was “not as preferrred as if it was a summer time exercise.”
He mentioned the price of the venture may dictate when the indicators might be hard-wired.