Cape Breton Road

The clay road runs between two agricultural fields and down into a creek. (Google)

Transportation officials on P.E.I. are permanently closing a 715-metre portion of the road between Fort Augustus and Watervale because of environmental concerns.

The clay road runs between two agricultural fields and down into a creek. Erosion and sedimentation have been a problem on Cape Breton Road for years.

“The adjacent land use, rain and snow melt, the slope of the road all heading downhill towards the Clarks creek and you have erosion and sedimentation issues to the watercourse. It has a negative impact on fish and fish habitat,” said Shelley Cole-Arbing, the environmental co-ordinator with the Department of Transportation.

“This is not a very common practice for the department but certainly not a decision that was made lightly. We have been working to solve the issues on the Cape Breton Road since about 2008. A number of attempts have been made to come up with a permanent solution. This solution we feel is a permanent solution.”

Cole-Arbing said vegetation will be planted to divert water off the road.

There are no homes on the closed off portion.

She says barriers are in place now, but eventually the closed section will be gated off and landowners will be given a key.