Truro council votes to keep roadway open between Kaulback, Willow Streets

A cross street that connects Willow Street and Kaulback Street in Truro will remain open after a vote from Truro town council.

A public hearing was held Monday after staff recommended the closure of Railway Drive, citing traffic conflicts with left turns onto Willow, that it was never meant to be a road, and that it's too narrow to be a public street.

Council was told last month the only reason it was ever paved was because there was a surplus of asphalt one year, so it was used up in that location.

The proposed plan presented to council would be to close the roadway, also known as the DAR or Dominion Atlantic Railway right of way, at the Willow Street end, and divide it into two 70-foot sections to be sold, keeping a 30-foot section for the Cobequid Trail, which runs alongside it.

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Truro Mayor Bill Mills says the land was purchased many to be used in a large project called Railway Drive, which included connecting Lower Truro Road through to town, behind the golf course and Truro Centre, and eventually to Prince.

He says when council looked at the project again in the 1990s, the price tag was around $56 million so it was abandoned.

Around 20 people attended the public hearing, with many citing daily use of the roadway and convenience, while Ronald Penny told council he likely would not have built his Kaulback Street home ten years ago if it hadn't been there.

The vote to keep the roadway open passed 6-1, with Councillor Tom Chisholm the lone vote against the motion.