In order to report a pothole or area where the pavement has broken away where it meets the gravel shoulder, either call HRM at 490-4000 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to get a service number. This reference is vital in order to follow up should nothing be done. The turn around for HRM to fix the pothole once you have reported it can take up to a month, but on average it is usually a couple of weeks. If you think it is taking a longer time than usual, just call HRM to follow up and provide them with your service number.
HRM is responsible for removing small animal cadavers from the roadway, such as cats, dogs, raccoons, porcupines, rabbits etc. Contact info for removal is the same as above. The boundary for Hammonds Plains ends at Flat Lake Drive and Westwood Blvd. Any animal cadavers west of that boundary should be reported to Beechville Dept of Transportation at 450-5281
NOTE: Deer should be reported to Dept of Natural Resources at 861-2560.
Street Light Out
Go to http://www.nspower.ca/en/home/residential/services/streetlightrepairs.aspx and fill out the online form.
Damaged Traffic Signs
Same as for potholes call HRM at 490-4000 or email email@example.com and ask for a service number.
Non Local Truck Traffic
Since the early 1980’s Hammonds Plains Road from Kearney Lake to Westwood has been open to LOCAL truck traffic only. This was initiated as a result of a collision between a school bus exiting Northwood (Highland Park subdivision) and a truck.
Unfortunately a large amount of truck traffic does not abide by the rules and uses HPR as a short cut rather than go back on to the Highway 100 series, which is what it should do. Bylaw T-400 goes into full details regarding the rules http://www.halifax.ca/legislation/bylaws/hrm/blt400.pdf.
An example of a truck violating the bylaw would be a truck making a delivery in Westwood and then returning eastbound along any part of Hammonds Plains Road or continuing onto Lucasville Road without making any further deliveries en route. The truck would have had to exit at the 103 and followed the 100 series and not the local truck traffic routes. For further clarification in understanding these rules please see the Bylaw T-400.
Should you feel that a truck should not have been travelling along Hammonds Plains Road or Lucasville Road, you should contact commercial vehicle compliance at 883-2480. For further information visit their website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/tran/trucking/compliance.asp.
Oftentimes there is a GPS system on board the truck and employers are able to check this to check any possible violations.
Apart from the obvious safety factors in getting as many trucks off of Hammonds Plains Road and Lucasville Road as possible, the wear and tear a truck causes to a road is phenomenal. As these roads are already substandard, prevention of further deterioration is necessary and getting a large number of trucks off of these roads will help. In addition to the aforementioned, noise pollution will also be decreased by removing the trucks which are not supposed to be using these local truck routes.
According to the Interim Growth Management Report in April of 2004, Hammonds Plains Road had reached its safety threshold. As the traffic on this road has exceeded capacity, one way of decreasing the volume of vehicles on this road will be to get trucks off that should not be there.