Drivers in the Glen Haven area of Halifax Regional Municipality will be travelling on smoother, stronger pavement this summer after the completion of a paving contract awarded by the province. A $916,275 contract to repave Indian Point Road from the intersection of Route 333 at Glen Haven for 4.5 kilometres to the end of the road and including Sunset Drive was awarded to Aberdeen Paving Ltd. “This project brings a much-needed improvement to a road that connects to Route 333, one of our busiest tourist routes,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The community will enjoy a better ride before the summer’s end.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.
Following flash flooding that caused at least 69 deaths, the United Nations has dispatched a disaster assessment team to the Bolivian capital, La Paz, to coordinate emergency relief efforts, a UN spokesman announced today. The five-person team, led by UN Regional Disaster Response Adviser Ricardo Mena, is responding to a request from Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga for help, following heavy rain and a massive hail storm that caused the Choqueyapu River to burst its banks on 19 February. Initial estimates put the cost of the damage caused by this flooding at well over $1 million. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has provided an emergency grant of $20,000 to address problems caused by the flooding, and has released a further $30,000 from trust funds under its control. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have made additional contributions of $10,000 each.