Travelers now have a safer road to drive on through Antigonish County.
Finance Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan and Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, officially opened the Highway 104 twinning project to traffic today, Oct. 22.
“We’re proud to open this road to traffic after 20 years of planning, design, and construction,” said Mr. Delorey. “The 100- series highway system is the backbone of our road network. It helps us get our goods to market more efficiently, improves the safety of motorists and stimulates the economy.”
The multi-phased Highway 104 project is a 14.5-kilometre new four-lane highway that stretches from west of Addington Forks Road to the east point of Taylors Road, Antigonish County. It will improve safety, ease congestion and cut travel time for drivers.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with the Province of Nova Scotia in supporting projects that make roads safer and more efficient for residents, visitors, shippers, and truck drivers,” said Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Helping businesses move their goods to market will stimulate economic growth, help grow the middle class and foster long-term prosperity.”
The cost of the project was $159 million. The Government of Canada contributed $55 million from the Building Canada Fund, with the province contributing the remaining $104 million.