Highway Construction and Maintenance: A Look Back
The last four provincial highway
budgets have been record setting-
totaling more than $1 billion.
The department has paved more than 1,900
kilometres in the last three years with another
500 kilometres planned in 2012-13.
The total highway capital budget is $281 million
and a further $82 million will be spent in 2012-13
from operational funding for highway maintenance
improvements. That means $363 million will be
invested in Nova Scotia roads this construction
In the summer of 2011 the provincial government
began chip sealing with one crew, to introduce
competition to the industry, and to maximize
taxpayers dollars in terms of highway resurfacing.
Prior to launching the in-house program, the
province was paying $91,000 per kilometre of
double chip seal. In 2011, the province paid an
average of $40,000 per kilometre for tendered
The in-house program delivered more services for
taxpayers by allowing the work to be done for less
money, and by affecting and reducing overall tender
The outcome was the province saved more than
$2 million on tenders last season. Those savings
meant the province could start certain capital
projects a year earlier than listed in the 5-year plan.
By paying less, Nova Scotia is paving more.