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Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Road Closures and Bicycle Racing - Approval

Who Needs This Approval?
Any individual or group who wants: (a) to close a public street or highway for a non-essential purpose (street party, festival, filming, etc.) or (b) to sponsor a bicycle race on a portion of a public highway.

Note: This approval is given by Ministerial Order Only
 
Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
 
Where can you get this Approval and / or further information?
District Traffic Supervisor / Authority
Local District Office
N.S. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

(See District Offices: N.S. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.)
 
Application Forms & Process:
1) Road Closure:
a) An applicant must submit to the N.S. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal a letter of request to close a road giving date, time, and section of road involved. The letter is to be accompanied by a petition from all affected residents / businesses signifying they have no objections to the closure.

b) An assessment is performed by the District Traffic Supervisor as to the suitability of the request.

c) The applicant will be notified in writing of the decision, and if approved a copy of the Ministerial Order will be provided to the applicant.
 
2) Bicycle Race:
a) An applicant must submit to the N.S. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal a letter of request to close a road giving date, time, and section of road involved. The letter must be accompanied by a copy of liability insurance certificate for $1,000,000.

b) An assessment is performed by the District Traffic Supervisor as to the suitability of the request.

c) The applicant will be notified in writing of the decision, and if approved a copy of the Ministerial Order will be provided to the applicant.
 
Waiting Period:
10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
 
Expiry & Renewal:
This approval is valid only for the dates specified in the Ministerial Order.
 
Price:
Free
 
Related Requirements:
For certain road closures on higher functional highways, police approval is sought by the District Traffic Supervisor.
 
Additional Information:
  1. Road closures that involve intermittent closure of the street must employ accredited traffic control persons to perform traffic control.

  2. A ll traffic control measures should conform to the provisions of the Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Manual.

  3. Liability insurance is commonly required to cover the conduct of road closures and bicycle races. Insurance coverage may range between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 depending upon the level of risk associated with the event.
Legislative Authority:
Public Highway Act. Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 371, Section 20

Motor Vehicle Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 293, Section 163
 

Last Updated: March 2009

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