On the Road: Highway Construction and Maintenance
The province paved or resurfaced more than 900 kilometres
during 2012-13. A project status report on the 2012-13
provincial highway capital program is on page 23.
Since 2009, we have resurfaced more than 3,000 kilometres
of paved road. In 2013-14, the province plans to resurface
more than 700 kilometres of paved road.
The road building industry in Nova Scotia is a large source of
jobs, creating an estimated 5,000 direct and 2,500 indirect
positions every year. The annual pay roll for Nova Scotians
employed in road building is approximately $300 million.
For instance, a typical $2-million paving contract generates
60 direct jobs and about $200,000 worth of business for the
trucking industry and spin-off benefits for local businesses
that provide construction materials, metalwork/welding,
engineering, electrical work and hazard removal.