PASADENA One good thing has come out of the current traffic reroute through Pasadena — it’s good for business.
© Star photo by Paul Hutchings
The Trans-Canada Highway at Exit 12, which washed out Monday night, has been closed and traffic is being rerouted through Pasadena.
The local Irving gas station reported higher than normal sales following the decision to divert traffic from the Trans-Canada Highway after a washout took out a lane at Exit 12 Monday night.
Irving manager Susan Pittman said the numbers aren’t in yet, but she and her staff noticed more cars and customers on Thursday.
Pasadena Mayor Gary Bishop said highway traffic could be rerouted through Pasadena for up to a month after the westbound section of the highway between exits 12 and 13 was closed off this week.
A large portion of the off ramp has been washed away, meaning crews had to reroute drivers at Exit 13, bringing them back onto the highway at Exit 11, then straight through the town on the main road. Coincidentally, that main road used to be the Trans-Canada Highway, which is a reason Bishop is not concerned about whether the road can take the extra traffic.
“The road can handle the traffic going through, it’s just a matter of people being patient at intersections,” he said.
Bishop said he has been in touch with the provincial Department of Transportation and was told the reason for the road closure is to err on the side of caution to make sure there is no more erosion than has already occurred. He was told the timeline for repairs could take a couple of weeks, but added his own feeling that it could be a month.
“There’s quite a gaping hole there that needs to be repaired. It’s a drop-off of probably 30 or 40 feet,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot of backfill, a lot of repair, but I think in a couple of weeks they should be able to have one lane back open (on the highway).”
The latest statement from the province says workers will build an access road to beach level so appropriate test equipment can be transported and used. Closing both lanes on the highway was to ensure the safety of both the traveling public and workers onsite, who will now have more space in which to work.