Multi-Use Trails: An Investment in Active Transportation

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In July of 2021 the Town of Yarmouth, the federal government, and the province of Nova Scotia announced a $2.36 million investment in multi-use trails. This funding allows for completion of a series of multi-use trails/sidewalks, adding to trails already built. These shared paths will be fully accessible and will accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The trails will also offer pedestrian access in areas where no sidewalks were previously available. Multi-use trails are a key component of the town's Active Transportation Master Plan developed in 2010. (See documents section to the upper right).

The new trails will benefit high


In July of 2021 the Town of Yarmouth, the federal government, and the province of Nova Scotia announced a $2.36 million investment in multi-use trails. This funding allows for completion of a series of multi-use trails/sidewalks, adding to trails already built. These shared paths will be fully accessible and will accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The trails will also offer pedestrian access in areas where no sidewalks were previously available. Multi-use trails are a key component of the town's Active Transportation Master Plan developed in 2010. (See documents section to the upper right).

The new trails will benefit high school students who walk on the west side of Haley Road to get to Starrs Road during their lunch hour, providing added safety. Seniors and other residents living on Haley Road who wish to walk to Starrs Road (Commercial Hub) will experience the benefit of exercise within proximity to their residence.

Connecting the "Four Corners"

The core of the Town of Yarmouth is identified by the four corners of Haley Road/Starrs Road, Starrs Road/Main Street, Main Street/Argyle Street and Argyle Street/Haley Road in the South East corner of the Town of Yarmouth (please see the map called "Sidewalks & Multi-use Trails July 2021.pdf" in the documents section to the right). The aim of this project is to further connect these corners and provide accessible trails for pedestrians and cyclists that make it easier to move around in Yarmouth's downtown core.

A Multi-Phased Approach

The trails planned for this project will be completed in 7 phases. The intent of phases 1-4 is to complete the Haley Road side of the active transportaiton infrastructure. In order to facilitate the proper north-south connection from Argyle to Starrs, the project will see a rebuild of the Starrs/Haley intersection, including replacement of the traffic lights, and and extension of the concrete sidewalk on the north side of Starrs up to the Starrs Road/Haley Road intersection.

Future phases will also see multiuse trails added on the south side of Starrs road. This will allow all potential trail users to continue into the downtown core via sidewalk or multi-use trail from the Haley Road/Starrs Road intersection.

Phase 1 of this initiative was completed in the fall of 2020 with the addition of asphalt trail between Forest Street and Parade Street on Haley Road.


PHASE 2

Completed Fall of 2021. Asphalt multi-use trail between Starrs Road and Parade Street on Haley Road. This adds a northward extension to the Phase 1 multi-use trail. A four-way stop and a 6 inch curb will be added at the Parade Street/Haley Road intersection. A sidewalk extension will also be added on the north side of Starrs Road connecting existing sidewalk to the intersection.



PHASE 3

Completed Fall of 2021. This phase adds an extension of the trail from Haley Road westward down Forest Street, connecting to existing sidewalk in front of the high school.




PHASE 4

This phase will see asphalt multi-use trail between Forest Street and Argyle Street on Haley Road. This will extend the trail south and connect a number of residents on Haley Road to the trail system. This work is planned for completion in 2022. (Note: the trail will be installed on the east side of Haley Road for this portion).



PHASE 5

Rebuild of the intersection at Haley Road and Starrs Road. This will include upgrading the traffic lights and concrete islands and the addition of sidewalk on Starrs Road. This work will be completed in the fall of 2022.


PHASES 6 & 7

Asphalt multi-use trail connecting Haley Road to Pleasant Street on Starrs Road. Work for this phase is planned for 2022-23.





  • Multi-Use Trails Update: Moving on to Phase 5

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    Phase 4 of the multi-use trail on Haley Road has been completed. Last week saw the final pieces added, including landscaping, concrete pads with tactile plates for improved accessibility, and trail signage. Residents in the area now have safe access to active living trails from Argyle Street to Starrs Road. Thank you to Aberdeen Paving Ltd and everyone who contributed to the completion of this phase. And of course, thank you to residents and businesses in the area for your patience as we completed the work.


    The next phase of the project is Phase 5, which involves a complete makeover of the intersection at Starrs Road and Hardscratch Road. Work will include replacement of the lights at the intersection.


  • Getting Sooooo Close on Haley Road

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    Crews from Aberdeen Paving Ltd made great progress this week on phase 4 of the Haley Road multi-use trail project. With mostly good weather to work with, the following work was completed:


    Fine grading of the final stretch of trail is in progress.

    • Hydrant installation has taken place.
    • A box culvert, an important piece of stormwater infrastructure, was extended.
    • 3 of 4 concrete pads that will connect crosswalks and to existing trails, were installed.
    Next Week will see touch-up work throughout the new trail, with paving and line painting to follow (weather dependant, of course). With good weather, the project is scheduled to be completed in early August. Learn more about the multi-use trails project at: https://getinvolvedyarmouth.ca/multi-use-trails
  • Multi-Use Trail Update: Thank You, Savannah Watkins and the YCMHS Co-op Program!

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    The Town of Yarmouth Engineering Department was happy to support the Yarmouth Consolidated High School Co-op Education Program this summer. Engineering staff welcomed Savannah Watkins, a Grade 11 student, for a 10-week placement. During that time, Savannah learned to read construction drawings, attended job meetings, and spent plenty of time on construction sites (always wearing her Personal Protective Equipment or PPE, of course). Thanks, Savannah, for your time and interest. Our Engineers are happy and encouraged when students are curious about engineering!


    About the Co-op Education Program
    Co-operative education (Co-op) is a high school course designed to support all learners in developing the competencies and skills necessary to successfully engage in a wide range of education and career pathways. Co-operative education allows learners to integrate classroom learning, personal interests, and goals with career exploration and real-world experience. This course places learners in workplace environments where they can develop transferable skills, explore the importance of workplace resiliency and flexibility, and benefit from mentorship in authentic community settings. Through co-operative education, learners will increase their awareness about the range of careers options that may be available to them. YCMHS


    Picture: Savannah gives her approval during Haley Road Multi-Use Trail, Phase 4 on the first day of paving.



  • Haley Road Multi-Use Trail Update: Smooth Paving the Week of June 13th

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    Aberdeen Paving Ltd continues to stay on schedule with construction of phase 4 of the Haley Road multi-use trail project. The first section of trail, stretching from the intersection of Haley Road and Forest Street directly in front of multiple properties, has been paved and residents in the area have access to the trail. Work is now underway at the south end of Haley Road at Argyle Street, where crews are excavating and installing drainage infrastructure. With the weather continuing to cooperate, the remaining section connecting all the way to Argyle Street will be completed and ready for full use later this summer.


    The new trail is a welcome site for residents of Northumberland Properties. It provides a safe, accessible pathway to the trails already in place. Andrew Cameron, General Manager of Northumberland Properties, said, “This multi-use trail is a boon for our tenants and the people of the Town. Our properties at that location have grown over the years, and we have a number of seniors who enjoy getting out to walk. Safe, accessible trails like this to stay active and access Starrs Road will enhance their lives along with others living on this section of Haley Road.”
  • Haley Road Multi-use Trail Update: Paving of First 300 Metre Section

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    The weather has cooperated in recent weeks and work has progressed quickly on the multi-use trail between Forest Street and Argyle Street on Haley Road. As work continues, please be advised of the following:

    ➡️ Fine grading is nearing completion for the first 300 metres of the completed trail, beginning at Forest Street heading south.
    ➡️ Paving of the section is set to take place between Friday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 14th 2022, but is WEATHER DEPENDENT.
    ➡️ Local residents can expect to experience driveway interruptions as the work progresses.
    ➡️ Traffic control will be in place during paving.

    More updates will be provided as we get closer to the end of the week. We again thank everyone involved for their patience and understanding as we add this much-needed active living trail/sidewalk to the area.

  • Traffic Notice: Sara Corning Way Stop

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    Due to ongoing construction on phase 4 of the Haley Road multi-use trail, please be advised of the following interruptions in service at the Sara Corning Way bus stop.

    ➡ On Thursday, May 26th the bus stop at Sara Corning Way will not be in service.
    ➡ Service will resume on Friday, May 27th.
    ➡ The stop will again be closed beginning Tuesday, May 31st and will be reopened the week of June 6th. The exact date will be announced and is weather dependant.

    The bus will not travel on Haley Road between Forest Street and Argyle Street during these closures. The nearest stops at Havelock Drive and Grantham Street will remain open, and the flag system will be in effect along the temporary route on Forest Street/Pleasant Street/Argyle Street (please see map below).

    We thank everyone for their patience and understanding during these temporary closures.


  • Haley Road Multi-Use Trail Phase 4 Begins May 16th

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    The new trail will be built along the east side of Haley Road, extending the trail on Haley from Starrs Road all the way to Argyle Street.

    Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 - Yarmouth, N.S. Construction of the Haley Road multi-use trail (Phase 4) connecting Forest Street and Argyle Street is set to begin on May 16th. This fourth phase of multi-use trail construction will see trail added in an area not currently serviced by sidewalks. The trail will be built along the east side of Haley Road, extending the trail on Haley from Starrs Road all the way to Argyle Street.

    For the duration of the project, traffic control will be in place and a single lane of traffic will be maintained. Drivers using the area should expect delays. For added safety, snow fencing will be in place to separate working areas from the public. Work will begin at the intersection of Haley Road and Forest Street and finish at Argyle Street and Haley Road. The project is expected to take 8-10 weeks (weather dependent).

    Regular updates on the project and any significant disruptions in the area will be communicated to the public by the contractor and the Town of Yarmouth. Updates will be made on the Town of Yarmouth website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), and through the town's community notifications service "Alertable". To receive instant notifications through smartphone app, text, email, and more, sign up for Alertable completely free today: https://www.townofyarmouth.ca/alertable.html

  • Multi-Use Trails Update: Phase 2 Finished and Ready For Use

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    Last week saw the completion of phase 2 of the Town of Yarmouth's Multi-Use Trails Project. The first piece of phase 2 was finished last month, with the addition of sidewalk on Starrs Road in front of Home Hardware. The newest section adds a multi-use trail on Haley Road between Starrs Road and Parade Street. This new piece compliments the trail added last year in Phase 1 along Haley Road between Parade Street and Forest Street. Users can now access a continuous trail on Haley Road from Starrs Road to Forest Street, then westward on Forest Street in front of the high school (connecting to existing sidewalk on Forest).


    2022 will see the project continue, with several phases currently in design. Phase 4 will see a multi-use trail added between Forest Street and Argyle Street on Haley Road. This will extend the trail south and connect a number of residents on Haley Road to the trail system. Phase 5 will see an upgrade of the intersection at Haley Road and Starrs Road, including replacement of the traffic lights. Phase 6 will extend the system on the south side of Starrs Road, adding a trail between Haley Road all the way west to Jody Shelley Drive. Finally, although not part of the original plan, a small length of trail will be added at the top of Parade Street heading west from Haley Road to Jody Shelley Drive.

    The Town of Yarmouth wishes to thank all involved in seeing these latest trails completed. The addition of multi-use trails is consistent with the town's Active Transportation Master Plan developed in 2010. Developing these fully accessible trails accommodates pedestrian and bicycle traffic and offers pedestrian access in areas where no sidewalks were previously available.
  • Multi-Use Trails Update: Forest Street Trail is Ready For Use!

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    It's forecasting nasty weather this evening, but once things clear up on Saturday, plan a walk or ride on the new multi-use trail on Forest Street. There are a few finishing touches to be completed next week, but it's open and ready for use. The trail provides an extension from the new trail on Haley Road in front of the Wesleyan Church. It creates a safe connection for students from the high school to the Haley Road and also extends down to the existing sidewalk on Forest Street.


    Another portion of trail was also completed this week. The sidewalk directly in front of Home Hardware is now finished, with some crosswalk painting happening next week. The trail that will connect Parade Street to Starrs Road on Haley Road will see the beginnng of asphalt milling and patching of the road near the trail next week, with paving of the trail soon to follow.
  • Active Trails Update: Closer and Closer to Completion!

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    On a cool Friday afternoon in November, crews from Aberdeen Paving Ltd were busy putting down asphalt on the new trail extension on Forest Street directly in front of the high school. This new section of trail will extend the system from Haley Road down Forest street, connecting to existing sidewalk, and offering safe access to the Haley Road trail from the school.

    Crews were also working to complete the new trail that will join Parade Street to Starrs Road. Curb work has been completed and work is now focused on adding gravels and compacting, with asphalt to follow. Finally, landscaping is well underway around the new sidewalk in front of Home Hardware.

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