Truro, CN continue discussions over Munroe Street access

The main access point to a lumberyard in Truro could be cut off in February if the Town of Truro and CN can't come to an agreement.

There have been long-standing complaints to the town about heavy commercial traffic on Munroe Street, which feeds into Munroe Court and the lumberyard on CN land.

Transport trucks aren't allowed to park on the street between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., but there have been problems with truck drivers parking there anyway waiting for yard to open, and some trucks idle, creating a lot of noise and diesel emissions.

Wallace Living has voiced its concerns about access to its apartment buildings on Munroe Court, including an assisted living residence.

The town wrote a letter to CN, after multiple meeting requests were ignored, giving the company six month's notice that truck traffic would be restricted as of February 1st, 2019.

That led to a meeting on September 4th, and Mayor Bill Mills says CN is going to conduct a 90-day trial, which will include buying and installing more no parking signs on Munroe Street.

The town will also notify CN when a driver is ticketed, including their licence plate and delivery time, which hasn't happened before.

Mills says another issue they've had throughout this process is the local area representative with has retired, so they're building a rapport with a new one.

He says they'll give CN the benefit of the doubt and see how things go for the next 90 days, but if council and area residents aren't satisfied, a motion will be introduced to shut the street down to truck traffic.

Councillor Danny Joseph pointed to an alternative access point for truck traffic off Prince Street, across from Wood Street, but CAO Mike Dolter says CN has rejected that idea thus far.