Nova Scotia Archives

Nova Scotia's 'Paving Programme'

Highway Reconstruction in the 1930s

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From 1934 to 1938, the Nova Scotia Department of Highways undertook a major highway reconstruction project known as the Paving Programme. A photographic record was compiled as work was carried out around the province, and to mark completion of the project, three large presentation albums of black-and-white photographs, 1936-38, were presented to the department’s Chief Engineer, R.W. McColough. Now, nearly eighty years later, those albums have been digitized and are displayed here for Internet visitors to explore.

Browse Album Contents:

1936 Paving Project Album

Sydney Contracts

Irish Cove - Portage, East Bay

James River - Heatherton

Saltsprings - New Glasgow - Broadway

Town of Pictou

Truro Contracts

Lantz - Shubenacadie

Middle Sackville - Ardoise School

Ardoise School - Wolfville

Middleton - Bridgetown

Saulnierville - Weymouth

Eel Brook Aboiteau - Arcadia Corner

Freshwater Brook - Pubnico Head

Queens-Lunenburg County Line - Broad River

St. Margaret Bay Road

Preston Road


1937 Paving Project Album

Port Hawkesbury - St. Peter's

Monastery - Mulgrave

Broadway - Heatherton

Scotsburn Road - Alma

Kemptown - Saltsprings

Glenholme - Bass River

Atkinson Road - Springhill - Oxford

Truro Contracts

Fall River - Enfield

Middle Sackville - Ardoise School

Middleton - Annapolis

Annapolis - Victoria Bridge

Digby - Saulnierville

Meteghan - Darling's Lake

Pubnico Head - Arcadia Corner

Freshwater Brook - Pubnico Head

Walls Corner - Birchtown

Bridgewater - Queens-Lunenburg County Line

Mahone - Bridgewater - Lunenburg

Hubley's - Halifax-Lunenburg County Line


1938 Paving Project Album

St. Peter's - Irish Cove

Port Hawkesbury - St. Peter's

Monastery - Mulgrave

Heatherton - Monastery

Kemptown - Saltsprings

Upper Moose River - Atkinson Road

Bass River - Upper Moose River

Fall River - Enfield

Broad River - Wall's Corner

Birchtown - Atwood Brook