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The Department of Transportation and Public Works has received
clearance to release the annual roadway maintenance and interim
work agreements for the new Highway 104 Western Alignment. These
agreements involved the province, the Highway 104 Corporation and
Atlantic Highways Corporation (AHC), the consortium building the
new alignment.

These two agreements were among three contracts that were the
subject of an application under the Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act. Atlantic Highways Corporation had
objected to the department's decision to release these contracts,
and a third contract, the omnibus agreement.

In a letter to the department, AHC writes that it does not object
to the release of the first two agreements, but maintains its
objection to the release of the omnibus agreement. A hearing is
scheduled for Feb. 26, at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to
determine whether that document should be made public.

"Our position has always been to release the omnibus agreement,
the annual maintenance agreement and the interim work agreement,"
said Transportation and Public Works Minister Don Downe.

The documents approved for release will be available at the Nova
Scotia Government Bookstore, 1700 Granville Street, Halifax, as
of today, Feb. 20.


Contact: Public Affairs and Communications  902-424-8687

trp                   Feb. 20, 1997 - 8:45 a.m.