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.
Advanced planning has allowed the department to fix more
roads, reach more communities and work more effectively
with partners while being transparent and accountable.
The 2013-14 edition is our fourth plan. It outlines major
highway construction projects, repaving, major bridge
replacements and maintenance, and infrastructure work the
province plans to pursue year by year over the next five years.
The plan explains how government makes 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.
Now a more balanced approach uses many options, with a
greater focus on improving paved roads before they become
badly damaged and need more costly repairs. Some road
improvement work is also being done in-house to help
ensure prices are competitive in all parts of the province
over the long term.