News Release Archive

On Monday Aug. 11, Salem Road, Pictou County will be permanently
closed to all through traffic at the new Highway 104 construction

The road closure is necessary to provide a safe, controlled
access environment for the new four-lane section of Highway 104
from Salt Springs to Alma now under construction through Pictou

Drivers wishing to access Salem Road south of the new
construction can use the existing Highway 104 to Salter Road to
Pleasant Valley Road and then to Salem Road. For the portion of
Salem Road north of the new construction, access will remain
unchanged, directly from the existing Highway 104.

This new highway construction project, from West River easterly
to the existing Highway 104 at Alma, is the next phase in the
Department's commitment to the improvement of Highway 104. 

"We are committed to improving our infrastructure, to building
better roads for Nova Scotia that boosts everything from access,
to safety and the economy," said Don Downe, Minister of
Transportation and Public Works. "With $23 million budgeted, this
is the largest dollar commitment to a highway project in Nova
Scotia this year and it's going to deliver a faster, safer
highway in 1998."

This 12.7 kilometre project is part of the four-lane divided
highway controlled access system, providing a safer driving
environment for motorists.

Interchanges are located at Salt Springs, Pleasant Valley Road
and Cowan Street. It is expected that grading and structures will
be substantially completed during the current construction
season. Paving of the new four-lane divided highway should take
place in 1998 with the highway opening on schedule for the fall
of 1998.


Contact: Chris Welner
         Public Affairs & Communications Office

ngr                      August 7, 1997 - 3:30 pm