Highway 103 Included in National Highway System

Department of Transportation and Public Works (to Oct. 23 2007)

October 18, 2005 3:29 PM

Highway 103, from Halifax to Yarmouth, has been added to Canada's national highway system, making it eligible for federal funding.

"We are pleased to have Highway 103 recognized for its strategic importance to national and regional movement of people and goods," said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

"It's good news that Highway 103 is being added to the national highway system and it would be even better news if there was some extra funding to go along with it. We will be seeking a new federal-provincial financial agreement to address the 103."

The Nova Scotia government currently pays the total cost of twinning and upgrading Highway 103. Construction costs for the twinning project reached $20 million in 2004 and $8 million this year.

The national highway system includes core, feeder and northern/remote routes, with eligibility criteria established for each category. The increased traffic and population along Highway 103 made it eligible for national highway status.

In 2003, a national task force began a review of the national highway system and agreed this fall to include Highway 103. All provincial and territorial transportation ministers are calling on the federal government to provide a significant, long-term highway funding program.

Mr. Russell said, "We have a lot of work to do on Nova Scotia highways and we can't do it alone. Our success in creating safer highways depends upon the federal government's commitment and contribution to the national highway system."

Canada's highway system has more than 38,000 kilometres of interprovincial and international highway linkages. Nova Scotia has 1,199 kilometres of road included in the national highway system, up from 880 kilometres when the system was established in 1988. Highways 101, 102, 104, 106, 111, 118, and 125 already belong to the system.


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     Highway 103, from Halifax to Yarmouth, has been added to

Canada's national highway system, making it eligible for federal

funding.

     Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell says

the federal government needs to partner with the province in

improving Nova Scotia's highways. The Nova Scotia government

currently pays the total cost of twinning and upgrading Highway

103.

     Mr. Russell says a new federal-provincial highway agreement

is needed for long-term improvements to Highway 103.

     A national council of transportation ministers recognized

Highway 103's growing importance to the regional economy.

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Media Contact: Linda Laffin
              Transportation and Public Works
              902-424-3289
              E-mail: llaffin@gov.ns.ca