Search
Monday, October 21, 2019

Front Page

Local warnings, cancellations and closures

October 21

The emergency department at the Pugwash hospital is OPEN.


Follow @SixRiversNews on Twitter for quick updates.

To report cancellations or closures, phone or text 902-614-3000 or email news@sixrivers.ca. Listen to Six Rivers Radio HERE for current updates during storm or extreme conditions. Report power outages to 1-877-428-6004.



/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/429/News/aid2512Radio-Mic.jpg
Election Debate to be Broadcast

Election Debate to be Broadcast

Election Debate to be Broadcast

Election Debate to be Broadcast

The seventh and final debate of the candidates vying for election in Cumberland-Colchester will be broadcast this weekend on Six Rivers Radio.
/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/429/News/aid2511Legislature.jpg
Workers Compensation Proposed for Firefighters

Workers Compensation Proposed for...

Workers Compensation Proposed for Firefighters

Workers Compensation Proposed for Firefighters

The Province has proposed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act to allow WCB coverage to volunteer firefighters.
/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/429/News/aid2510Small-Star.jpg
Province Helps Local Fire Departments

Province Helps Local Fire Departments

Province Helps Local Fire Departments

Province Helps Local Fire Departments

Two Cumberland County fire departments will share in a $1.4 million special provincial fund to purchase emergency equipment.
/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/429/News/aid2509Steven-Garvey.jpg
Trudeau Breezes Through Amherst

Trudeau Breezes Through Amherst

Trudeau Breezes Through Amherst

Trudeau Breezes Through Amherst

The Prime Minister of Canada made a campaign whistle stop in Amherst yesterday.
/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/429/News/aid25082508Small-Star.jpg
A New Mother's Worst Nightmare

A New Mother's Worst Nightmare

A New Mother's Worst Nightmare

A New Mother's Worst Nightmare

The MLA for Cumberland North says long ambulance times and waiting for an ambulance that never comes has become the norm for Nova Scotians. Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin recounts a mother’s story of...
/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/429/News/aid2507SixRivers-logo.jpg
All Candidates Debate Restored in Wentworth

All Candidates Debate Restored in...

All Candidates Debate Restored in Wentworth

All Candidates Debate Restored in Wentworth

A large and appreciative audience offered a standing ovation to the eight federal candidates running in Cumberland-Colchester at a public debate tonight in Wentworth.
/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/429/News/aid2506Voter-Card.jpg
Candidate Chooses TV Over Wentworth Debate

Candidate Chooses TV Over Wentworth...

Candidate Chooses TV Over Wentworth Debate

Candidate Chooses TV Over Wentworth Debate

There will be one empty chair at tonight’s debate in Wentworth as the Liberal candidate has suddenly withdrawn from the event.
/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/429/News/aid2505Oxford-Welcome.jpg
Problems Fall from Oxford Arena Ceiling

Problems Fall from Oxford Arena Ceiling

Problems Fall from Oxford Arena Ceiling

Problems Fall from Oxford Arena Ceiling

The Town of Oxford is trying to solve a pesky problem in its arena. Special tape that provides insulation and secures ceiling panels has deteriorated allowing tape particles and condensation...
/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/429/News/aid2504Pugwash-logo.jpg
Pugwash Borrowing Approved at Public Meeting

Pugwash Borrowing Approved at Public...

Pugwash Borrowing Approved at Public Meeting

Pugwash Borrowing Approved at Public Meeting

A small group of residents authorized the Pugwash Village Commission to borrow up to $90,000 to cover final costs for the new stage in Eaton Park.
/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/429/News/aid2503Oxford-Drilling.jpg
Sinkhole Testing on Trans Canada Highway

Sinkhole Testing on Trans Canada Highway

Sinkhole Testing on Trans Canada Highway

Sinkhole Testing on Trans Canada Highway

Exploration work is underway on the Trans Canada Highway near Oxford.

Top Stories

Oxford Sinkhole — What’s Next the 104?
Bill Martin
/ Categories: News

Oxford Sinkhole — What’s Next the 104?

The decision to close the Oxford Lions Club and park opens the question, “What’s next?” 

The leading culprit is the Trans Canada Highway following revelations that laser mapping shows a large band of sinkholes crosses Highway 104 connecting Oxford with Springhill and back again.

The department of highways has been tending a small depression in the westbound lane of the highway, about 500 metres from the Oxford exit. The metre-wide circle has been regularly filled and patched and is now inspected by highway personnel on a daily basis.

The recent completion of underground radar and electrical conductivity tests showed the Oxford sinkhole to be too unstable to consider any plan to fill it in. 

Officials now believe there are numerous other hot spots that pose risk.

The MLA for the area asked why the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) didn’t take advantage of the sophisticated testing equipment that was used to determine the underground structure at the Lions Park sinkhole. Tory Rushton says, “I tried to get them to check the highway when that equipment was in Oxford.” The MLA calls it a wasted opportunity and he agrees with town officials that the department should test around the 104 to give some comfort to people who travel the busy highway.

Sinkholes are common in Nova Scotia, especially in Cumberland County which is known for widespread areas of salt, gypsum, and other soft materials that are subject to underground erosion. The soft materials dissolve over time and create empty or water-filled caverns which can collapse as the Oxford sinkhole did last summer.

Many of the small ponds and lakes that dot the area around Oxford were created as a sinkhole, including the once-popular swimming facility called Salt Lake at the Lions Park.

Aerial photography from the 1930s shows a series of sinkholes, including one water-filled in the current area of concern on the Trans Canada.

The issued has proved to be much bigger than the capacity of the Oxford Lions Club which has opted to close the park permanently. Club leaders are considering their options for salvaging whatever they can from the building.

The expanding concern is also beyond the financial reach of the town too. Any exploratory or remedial effort would require a deep commitment from the province, the federal government, or both.

Concerns for the town’s Main Street and the Trans Canada have even larger implications for the two senior levels of government. The 104 is Nova Scotia’s link to New Brunswick and the rest of Canada and the volume of goods and commerce that travel the highway each day is measured in the millions.

Add Your comments below.

Print
405 Rate this article:
4.0

Leave a comment

Name:
Email:
Comment:
Add comment

Name:
Email:
Subject:
Message:
x

News Search

Six Rivers Radio

'Morning Talk' weekdays 8 to 10 am.

Monday

8:45 Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin MLA Cumberland North.

Click HERE to listen.

Events This Week

Monday, October 21, 2019 10:00 AM

Rug Hooking at Northport Community Centre.

Monday, October 21, 2019 10:00 AM

Walk 'n Talk at the Wentworth Community Centre. Click HERE for detail.

Monday, October 21, 2019 10:00 AM

Monster Scavenger Hunt at all Branches of the Cumberland Library. Click HERE for details.

Monday, October 21, 2019 6:00 PM

Regular monthly meeting of Oxford Town Council at 6 pm in the Town Hall.

Monday, October 21, 2019 6:30 PM

Open House at the Northumberland Community Curling Club in Pugwash. Click HERE for details.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:00 AM

Quilting at the Northport Community Centre.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Peace Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pugwash.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre

1 2

Follow us   

Please note: we still have a modest FaceBook presence but revelations about the way FaceBook conducts its business concern us. We no longer promote participation in any FaceBook community.

Copyright 2016-2019 by Six Rivers Hope Centre Ministries Terms Of Use Privacy Statement
Back To Top