Architectural drawing of the Trans Canada Highway realignment in Tryon. Photo submitted by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
TRYON – The realignment of the Trans Canada Highway in Tryon is expected to get underway any day now.
Darrell Evans, assistant director for capital projects with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal said Wednesday that the work was expected within a day or two and would take roughly six weeks to complete.
It’s a relatively straightforward project, said Evans, with no special feats of engineering to complete, but it will take a lot of cutting and placing of fill.
The work is designed to reduce a sharp turn where Route 10 and the Trans Canada Highway meet.
The replacement of that turn will make the area safer for everyone, especially local homeowners, said Evans.
“Right now, the curve is substandard according to our National Transportation Act of Canada – so this (new curve) is well above that standard. It will be much safer, a much easier drive and much easier to access the intersection,” he said.
The realignment has also required the movement of the Tryon United Baptist Church.
The old structure is expected to be moved to a new nearby home any day now. When it does get started, the process could take a few days.
Tobin Road, a dirt lane that intersects with the sharp highway turn is also slated to be cut off from the highway and paved.