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The Department of Transportation and Public Works today announced
tenders will be called for more work in connection with the new
highway between Salt Springs and Alma, Pictou County.

A tender will be advertised this week for the grading,
gravelling, asphalt concrete paving, structures and signing on
five sections related to the construction of the four-lane
highway at Salt Springs.

The tender includes approximately 4.3 kilometres of work on
Highway 104 near the Pleasant Valley Road Interchange, paving
from a structure on the Old Alma Road to south of the new
highway, realignment of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia
Railway, Trunk 4 realignment, and the construction of several

"This is the largest dollar commitment to a highway project in
Nova Scotia this year," said Transportation and Public Works
Minister Don Downe. "It is an investment that supports industry
and tourism through the province, with a faster, safer highway
through this area by next fall."

It is the latest phase of development in the $54 million project
to build a four lane, divided control access highway between Salt
Springs and Alma. Work on the 12.7-kilometre stretch this
construction season includes grading, structural work and some
paving. The remainder of the paving will be carried out next
year. The new sections of the highway are scheduled to open to
traffic in the fall of 1998.

Work on the Salt Springs to Alma project is cost shared by the
federal and provincial governments.
It is part of the Department's commitment to Better Roads for
Nova Scotia.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive with caution in and
around construction zones.


Contact: John Archibald
         district director 

         Chris Welner
         Public Affairs & Communications Office 

ngr                    August 5, 1997 - 11:30 am