N.S. Transport Department reviewing closure of busy toll road due to early snow

The Transportation Department in Nova Scotia is reviewing what occurred when a portion of a busy toll highway was closed due to a snowfall on Friday, leaving drivers stranded for hours.

Motorists became trapped on the Cobequid Pass highway during the snowfall when trucks spun off the slick road in a hilly portion of the route.

The department announced the closure of the pass shortly before 8:30 p.m. that night and it required hours to clear a path.

Department spokesperson Marla MacInnis says in an email that the department will review what happened and determine if improvements can be made.

She says the department prepares the 45-kilometre section of Highway 401 – the main route into and out of the province – for winter one month earlier than the rest of the province.

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