**** PUBLIC WORKS Media Release
Drivers Urged to Stay off Roads in Parts of Nova Scotia
Motorists are being urged to stay off the roads today, January 15, if possible due to whiteout conditions and road conditions in the following counties: Digby, Kings, Annapolis, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Hants, Halifax, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou. The eastern portions of the province are also starting to experience reduced visibility.
This will help ensure the safety of the motoring public and enable plow operators to clean up more quickly.
The overnight winter storm has produced whiteout conditions and resulted in downed trees and powerlines on some sections of roadways. It has closed the Cobequid Pass due to whiteout conditions and the Canso Causeway to high-sided vehicles.
More information on road conditions is available through 511 for provincial highway conditions and the provincial plow tracker or highway cameras at https://novascotia.ca/winter
The Department’s operations contact centre is open 24/7 and can be reached at 1-844-696-7737 or by email at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
— in the winter months, the Department of Public Works is responsible for keeping provincial roads, highways and bridges safe and as clear as possible
— Public Works operates more than 400 snowplows and other snow-clearing vehicles, and crews are on the job 24/7
— Public Works employs about 1,000 people in its snow clearing operations