News release

Province, Federal Governments Share Highway 101 Expansion Costs

The Province of Nova Scotia and Government of Canada have agreed to share the cost of continuing Highway 101 as a controlled access highway from Digby to Marshalltown.

Nova Scotia will be responsible for $9.2-million, while the Government of Canada, under the New Building Canada Plan, is conditionally setting aside up to $7.558-million.

"This is the first step in continuing the controlled access highway between Digby and Weymouth," said Gordon Wilson, MLA for Clare-Digby, on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. "The province is completing detailed surveys in the area and determining access and right-of-way requirements. The province has major construction jobs going on all over Nova Scotia and is aggressively taking advantage of federal dollars when they become available."

"Our government's support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. Canada's highways are important links between our communities and across our country," said MP Greg Kerr, on behalf of Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs. "We are proud to invest in projects like this new controlled access highway from Digby to Marshalltown. The Highway 101 project will help families, residents and visitors reach their destinations more safely and efficiently, while enabling our economy to remain competitive well into the future."

Recently, the federal and provincial governments jointly announced $50-million to upgrade sections of Nova Scotia's 100-series highway system. The Ingramport Interchange and Connector project on Highway 103, announced in July was Nova Scotia's first eligible project under the New Building Canada Fund.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

The Province of Nova Scotia and Government of Canada have agreed to share the cost of continuing Highway 101 as a controlled access highway from Digby to Marshalltown.

Nova Scotia is responsible for nine-point-two million dollars while the federal government, under the New Building Canada Plan, is conditionally setting aside up to seven-point-five-six million.

-30-

Media Contacts:

Pam Menchenton
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal 902-424-1750 E-mail:
Vincent Rabault
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs 613-943-1838
Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251 Toll free: 877-250-7154