News release

Province Spending $300 Million to Improve Roads, Highways and Bridges

Nova Scotia’s roads, highways and bridges will be safer thanks to a $300 million investment in capital spending for 2019-20.

“We are making the largest investment in Nova Scotia’s infrastructure in eight years and one of the largest in our province’s history,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “It’s part of our commitment to ensure safe and connected communities.”

Major construction on new highways and bridges accounts for the $15 million overall increase with much of the additional funding focused on twinning portions of Highway 101, 103, 104 and Highway 107 (the Sackville-Bedford-Burnside Connector)

The plan outlines new projects such as the beginning of construction on the Lantz interchange in Hants County and road improvements on the Cabot Trail at Cape Smokey.

It also renews the $20 million in spending for a Gravel Road Program to proactively rebuild existing gravel roads in rural Nova Scotia, improving safety and reducing maintenance costs.

The plan maps out government’s approach, year by year, to repair and maintain the province’s 23,000 kilometres of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges. The plan is subject to approval in the 2019-20 budget.

To see the plan go to, https://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/5yearplan/highways-5-year-plan-2019-20.pdf .

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Nova Scotia’s roads, highways and bridges will be safer thanks to a 300-million dollar investment in capital spending in 20-19 and 20-20, 15-million dollars more than this year.

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says the province is making the largest investment in Nova Scotia’s infrastructure in eight years and one of the largest in the province’s history.

Major construction on new highways and bridges accounts for the 15-million dollar overall increase with much of the additional funding focused on twinning portions of Highway 101, 103, 104 and a portion of Highway 107 known as the Sackville- Bedford-Burnside Connector.

The plan outlines new projects such as the beginning of construction on the Lantz interchange in Hants County and road improvements on the Cabot Trail at Cape Smokey. It also renews the 20-million dollars in spending for a Gravel Road Program to proactively rebuild existing gravel roads in rural Nova Scotia which improves safety and reduces maintenance costs.

The plan is subject to approval in the 2019-20 budget.

To see the plan go to the department website.

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