A: Issues of flooding and safety, especially regarding human fatalities, have been the primary motivations for the approximately $25 million project.

  • Canals have become silted and can no longer hold the amount of water they were originally designed for; in the event of an extremely heavy rainstorm, flooding could occur
  • After Hurricane Hazel in 1954, the marsh was completely flooded. Afterwards, the Ministry of Transportation came in and made emergency repairs. Originally, the canals were designed such that there was a berm between the canal and the road, which assisted in flood control and prevented vehicles from going off the road into the canal. The emergency repairs resulted in removal of the berms which left the canals located right beside the road. 18 lives have since been lost along the roads abutting the canal
  • The improvement project will move the canals away from the road, to reduce this possibility