Upcoming repairs to the storm-damaged road to Big Island and Merigomish Beach in Pictou County will restore first-class road access for residents and visitors before the end of the summer. Transportation and Public Works is calling for tenders today, May 18, for repaving on Big Island Road from 1.7 kilometres west of the junction of Route 245 for about 2.3 kilometres toward Merigomish Beach. Repairs will also be made to the sea wall. “The causeway to Big Island was damaged during a storm surge this winter,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This work will restore the seawall and upgrade the temporary repairs that were put in place.” The tender will close on Friday, June 3. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.