Building a new Heatherton Bridge near Antigonish will provide a stronger, long-lasting span without causing traffic delays on busy Highway 104.
A detour bridge will maintain safe driving and minimize inconvenience while the existing bridge is replaced.
The $5.5-million project should be completed next July.
Environment Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan, and Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay, celebrated the start of the project by turning sod.
“Well-built, safe highways keep Nova Scotians and visitors safe and on the move,” said Mr. Delorey. “Keeping our highways and bridges in top shape also provides good jobs for Nova Scotians.”
“Strengthening Nova Scotia’s communities and ensuring their long-term prosperity is a key commitment of our government,” said Mr. MacKay. “We are proud to invest in the replacement of Highway 104’s Heatherton Bridge as we continue to focus on creating jobs, promoting growth and building strong, prosperous communities across the country, to improve the quality of life of all Canadians.
“This highway is not only a vital link in the Trans-Canada Highway system, but it is also key infrastructure the people of Nova Scotia need and rely on.”
The tender was won by Nova Construction of Antigonish for $4,954,620. With associated costs, the project will be about $5.5-million. The government of Canada is contributing up to $1.8-million and the province is providing $3.7-million.
The new Heatherton Bridge is part of Nova Scotia’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan that lays out the province’s schedule to repair and maintain roads, highways and bridges.