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St. Margaret’s Bay Road – Road Construction

Friday, July 31, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that crews will be doing asphalt patching on St. Margaret’s Bay Road in Halifax between Prospect Road and Quarry Road on Natal Day, Monday, Aug. 4.

This work will begin at 7 a.m. and continue until about 6 p.m. Motorists should expect delays in the area while this work is underway and are advised to avoid the street, if possible. The municipality regrets any inconvenience this work may cause. 


Source: Release

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Government of Canada supports important upgrades to water infrastructure and public transit services

July 31, 2015 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Infrastructure Canada

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, was joined today by Joachim Stroink, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Halifax–Chebucto, and Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality, to announce federal funding of up to $1.83 million for the purchase of new public transit buses and up to $5.06 million for upgrades to water supply mains in Halifax Regional Municipality under the New Building Canada Plan in Nova Scotia.

The project to renew the Halifax Transit fleet involves purchasing ten conventional 40-foot accessible low-floor buses to replace older vehicles and five new Access-A-Bus vehicles.

The new low-floor buses feature the extra capacity required to accommodate growing ridership in Halifax as well as those who commute from Lunenburg, Hants and Colchester counties to the city centre from park-and-rides on the city’s outskirts. The Access-A-Bus vehicles will expand Halifax Transit’s services for people with disabilities and help meet the growing demand for accessible transit from an aging population encountering mobility challenges.

The water transmission main renewal project involves upgrading water supply mains serving the areas of Bedford, Port Wallace and Lucasville.

In Bedford, approximately 1000 metres of transmission main will be replaced and rehabilitated along the Hammonds Plains Road and the Highway 102 corridor to the Meadowbrook Reservoir Control chamber to improve the primary water supply main for Bedford and Sackville. In Port Wallace, the existing water transmission main from the Mount Edward Road water reservoirs to the Burnside water reservoir will be twinned to increase system capacity and reliability in support of the expanding Burnside Industrial Park. In Lucasville, a new transmission main will be built from the Pockwock Transmission Main to the Sackville-Beaverbank area to increase back-up water supplies.

The New Building Canada Plan is the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canada’s history.
This unprecedented commitment is providing $53 billion to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure between 2014 and 2024.
Over this ten-year period, Nova Scotia will benefit from approximately $1 billion in dedicated federal funding, including almost $426 million under the New Building Canada Fund.

Quick Facts

Bus fleet renewal project
-The Government of Canada has selected this project for funding consideration of up to one third of the total eligible costs ($5,500,000), to a maximum of $1,833,333, under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects. This funding is conditional on the project meeting applicable federal eligibility requirements with respect to the New Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement.
-The Government of Nova Scotia will also contribute one third of the project costs up to $1,833,333.
-Halifax Regional Municipality will be responsible for the remaining costs of the project.

Water transmission main renewal project
-The Government of Canada has selected this project for funding consideration of up to one third of the total eligible costs ($15,200,000), to a maximum of $5,066,666, under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects. This funding is conditional on the project meeting applicable federal eligibility requirements with respect to the New Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement.
-The Government of Nova Scotia will also contribute one third of the project costs up to $5,066,666.
- Halifax Regional Municipality will be responsible for the remaining costs of the project.

New Building Canada Plan
-The $53-billion New Building Canada Plan provides stable funding for a 10-year period, and includes:
o The Community Improvement Fund, consisting of the Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for Municipalities, which will provide over $32 billion to municipalities for projects such as roads, public transit and recreational facilities, and other community infrastructure.
o The $14-billion New Building Canada Fund, which consists of:
-The $4-billion National Infrastructure Component that will support projects of national significance; and
-The $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component for projects of national, regional and local significance. Of this amount, $1 billion for projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 residents through the Small Communities Fund.
o An additional $1.25 billion in funding for the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Canada Fund administered by PPP Canada.

Quotes
“Improving the quality of life of Canadians and ensuring our communities have the necessary infrastructure to grow and be places where we want to raise our families is a priority for the federal government. With the New Building Canada Fund, our Government’s support for public infrastructure has never been stronger and we are contributing to our long-term prosperity. We are pleased to work with the Government of Nova Scotia to approve projects under the New Building Canada Fund. Investing in these important water transmission and public transit service projects will ensure that infrastructure funding continues to flow as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Nova Scotia and across Canada.”
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova

“We recognize the value of investing in municipal infrastructure, such as these transit upgrades and water improvements in Halifax Regional Municipality, for the benefit of citizens. We will continue to work collaboratively with our federal and municipal colleagues to make infrastructure improvements that help us build stronger communities across Nova Scotia.”
Joachim Stroink, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Halifax–Chebucto

“Today’s investments support the continued smart growth of the entire Halifax region with communities that have good access to high quality public services.”
Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality

Associated Links

To learn more about the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada’s Economic Action Plan at http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html.


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Provincial Traffic Updates This Week - July 31 2015

NEW WORK
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ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Heatherton Bridge, Highway 104

Paving on the Heatherton Bridge, over the Pomquet River on Highway 104, will continue on Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 7, but lane reductions will be restricted to evening hours. Both lanes will remain open this weekend.

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COLCHESTER COUNTY: Balfron Bridge

The Balfron Bridge on the Highway 311 Loop in Colchester County will be closed for repairs starting Tuesday, Aug. 4. The road is open to local traffic only. Work will be completed by Friday, Aug. 14.

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YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavel Bridge

Gavel Bridge on Gavel Road over Gavels Lake will be closed for replacement from Monday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 15.

Use an alternate route.

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YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103

Eel Lake Bridge on Highway 103 in Belleville, has one lane closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 2.

Traffic signals are in place. Expect traffic delays of 5-10 minutes

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CONTINUING WORK

ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Old Highway 104

West River Bridge, West River, on Old Highway 104, is reduced to one lane for recoating until Friday, Sept. 4. The lane reduction will be 24 hours a day.

Traffic signals are in place, but delays are possible. Traffic entering Antigonish from the Trans-Canada Highway should use Exit 32.

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CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road

Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4), from the Gardner intersection east for about three kilometres, is reduced from four lanes to two lanes for repaving and upgrading.

Upgrade work is also being done on Murphy Road, Windemere Drive, and the Yolanda Drive intersection.

Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Drivers should allow extra time or use alternate routes if possible.

Work takes place from dawn until dusk and is scheduled for completion by the end of August.

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CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4

Trunk 4, near Big Pond, from west of the intersection of Glen Albert Drive west for about 2.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and upgrading.

Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible.

Work takes place from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion by the end of October.
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COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102

Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line are reduced to one lane for rumble strip installation until Friday, Aug 7.

Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTIES: Highway 104

Traffic on sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from west of Exit 8 at Westchester to the Mines Bass River Road underpass, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repairs and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31.

Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4, near Londonderry

Sections of Trunk 4, near Londonderry, between Baseline Road and Highway 104, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repair and paving until Monday, Aug. 31.

Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road

Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert.

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road

Malagash Road, from Smith Road to Purdys Loop Road, is reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, Aug. 31.

Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road

The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked.

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DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge

Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck.

A detour route is in place.

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HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102

The northbound lanes of Highway 102, between the junction of Highway 118 at Miller Lake and Exit 6 (Halifax Stanfield International Airport) have lane closures for seal coating.

Closure times are:
Monday to Thursday, sunrise until 3 p.m.
Friday, sunrise until noon
Saturday and Sunday, sunrise until 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to sunset.

Work is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 31.

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HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Night Work

Sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102, between Exit 5 at Fall River and Exit 4-C at Glendale Avenue and Duke Street, are reduced to one lane during night hours.

On weekdays, lane reductions begin at 7 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. On weekends, the lane reductions are from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.     
             
Delays are possible during construction. Travel with caution and use an alternate route if possible. Work will be completed this fall.

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HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Meadow Road

Meadow Road, from Cooks Brook Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone.

The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30.

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HANTS COUNTY: White Settlement Road

White Settlement Road in Noel has stop-and-go traffic for ditching and road resurfacing until Monday, Aug. 31.

Work takes place from dawn to dusk.

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HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Whittenburg Road

Sections of Whittenburg Road in Lower Stewiacke, from Route 224 north for about four kilometres to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone.

The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30.

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INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge

Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale and Hatchery roads.

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INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road

The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction.

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KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville

Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville, is closed between Greenfield Road and Black River Road to replace a culvert until Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Detour via White Rock Road.

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KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge

Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice.

The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road.

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LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester Grant Road

The Middle River Bridge on Chester Grant Road is closed until Friday, Aug. 7 for repairs.

Detour route is available on Trunk 12, Highway 103, and Trunk 14.

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LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge

Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge is open, but there may be occasional, brief closures during construction. Drivers should use extra caution in the area.

The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year.

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PICTOU COUNTY: Frasers Mountain Branch Road

Sections of Frasers Mountain Branch Road, from the intersection of Frasers Mountain Road to Glenfallach Road for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31.

Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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PICTOU COUNTY: Glenfallach Road

Sections of Glenfallach Road, from Woodburn Road to Frasers Mountain Branch Road, for almost one kilometre, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31.

Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road

Sections of River John Road, from Meadowville Station Road to Scotch Hill Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31.

Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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PICTOU COUNTY: Scotch Hill Road
Sections of Scotch Hill Road, from Route 376 north to River John Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31.

Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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PICTOU/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Route 289

Sections of Route 289, from the Pictou/Colchester county line west for almost six kilometres, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. A flag person is on site.

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QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103

Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 20 in Summerville west to Port Joli, are reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31.

Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road

Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31.

Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge

Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected.



Source: Provincial Release
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Ministers Appoint New Chair of Offshore Petroleum Board


An engineer with more than three decades in the international oil and gas industry is the new chair of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB).

Keith MacLeod's six-year term begins Aug. 17.

The announcement was made today, July 31, by Energy Minister Michel Samson and Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada.
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