Why a 5-year Plan
Government's commitment to
repairing rural roads and keeping
communities strong led to
Nova Scotia's first five-year
paving and highway improvement
plan in November 2010.
The 2012-13 edition is the third five-year plan. It
outlines major construction projects, repaving, major
bridge replacements and maintenance, and
infrastructure work the province plans to pursue on
a year-by-year basis during the next five years. This
advance planning allows the department to fix more
roads, reach more communities and work more
effectively with partners while being transparent and
The plan also enables Nova Scotians to track
provincial road improvements on a yearly basis.
Each year following budget approval, a detailed plan
for that year's highway construction season will be
released, along with a report on the previous
The plan also explains government's new approach,
making the most of every available dollar to address
highway construction and maintenance. In the past,
the majority of funding has gone to the most
damaged roads, so the overall condition of roads
deteriorated faster than they could be fixed.
The province is now taking a more balanced
approach which uses a variety of improvement
options, with a greater focus on improving paved
roads before they become severely damaged and
require more costly repairs. Some road improvement
work is also being done in-house to ensure that
prices are competitive in all parts of the province.