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Province and Federal Government to Share Highway Upgrades

The Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada have agreed to share the cost of upgrading 130 kilometres of the 100-series highway system in Nova Scotia over the next four years.

Under the New Building Canada Plan, the federal government will provide up to $20 million for 22 projects that have an estimated total cost of $50 million.

In addition to repaving, the projects will involve the installation of rumble strips, widening of some shoulders, and guardrail improvements.

“The New Building Canada Fund provides a tremendous boost for road improvements in Nova Scotia,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “It allows us to get more out of our transportation dollars and is helping us provide $50-million worth of road work for the next four years, including five projects that we’ll be getting started on in 2015.”

“The government’s support for public infrastructure has never been stronger,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. “We are pleased to continue to work with the province of Nova Scotia under the New Building Canada Fund to ensure that infrastructure funding continues to flow as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada.”

The work will span four years and take place in the counties of Digby, Halifax, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish, Queens, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Richmond and Lunenburg. A list of projects can be found at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/NewBuildingCDNProjects2014.pdf .

Source: Release

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