Funding Supports Clean Transportation in Town of Antigonish
The province is investing more than $1.3 million to build two kilometres of new multi-use pathways and active transportation bridges to create a connected active transportation network in the Town of Antigonish.
Residents, students and visitors will have more safe, accessible, sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to move around the municipality with funding from all three levels of government.
“This new active transportation investment will help the province achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and make clean transportation options the easy and healthy choice for residents,” said Randy Delorey, Attorney General and Minister of Justice and MLA for Antigonish, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Chuck Porter.
The federal government is investing more than $1.6 million and the Town of Antigonish is contributing more than $1 million to the project, which will also connect to the Nova Scotia Blue Route cycling network.
The work includes:
- West St. connecting Highway 104 and James St. to St. Ninian St. with an asphalt multi-use pathway (235 metres) and raised two-way bicycle lane (400 metres)
- St. Ninian St. connecting West St. to Church St. with a multi-use pathway (705 metres)
- Columbus Field connecting Church St. to St. Andrews St. with a multi-use pathway (825 metres) and an active transportation bridge (40 metres)
- Main St. connecting St. Andrews St. to Adam St. with a multi-use pathway (125 metres) and an active transportation bridge (50 metres) connected with existing active transportation infrastructure
Construction is expected to start May 2022 and will be complete by November 2024.
“Active transportation infrastructure projects promote healthy living, reduce emissions, and make our communities more vibrant and dynamic places to live and work. This investment will create local jobs, help residents of Antigonish become more active and will contribute to the Town of Antigonish’s effort to become Canada’s first net-zero community. I am thrilled to see the federal government make this investment and look forward to seeing the benefits it will bring to the community.”
- Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and to the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
The town’s municipal planning strategy and active living strategy highlight council’s long-term commitment to active transportation and making it a more attractive, safe, and accessible option for the most experienced cyclists, families traveling with strollers or young children on their bikes. This corridor project will connect the town and county’s active transportation networks and puts Antigonish on the provincial blue route map, giving people one more reason to visit our wonderful community.
Laurie Boucher, mayor, Town of Antigonish
I am excited to see the announcement of the Antigonish active transportation network. Antigonish will benefit greatly from a safe way for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling in our community, improve health, and reduce environmental impact. It will allow cyclists to get around town safely by minimizing contact with traffic, which is especially important in a community made up of so many students.
Andrew MacDougall, Highland Bike Club
- this investment will create the spine of an active transportation network for the town and connect to a greater network in Antigonish County
- the network supports multi-use modes of active transportation and supports the Nova Scotia Blue Route, a provincial cycling network
- there are over 5,000 residents in the area and another 5,000 university students who can benefit
- the province has set a target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to 53 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html
Nova Scotia Blue Route: https://blueroute.ca/