Highway Twinning Public Consultations

The provincial government maintains 23,000 kilometres of roads and highways, and 4,100 bridges. The 100 series highways are the backbone of the provincial road network and economy, playing a key role in business, tourism, and our everyday travel.

Please note: The February 13 session in Antigonish has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 2 due to weather event.

Public Consultation

Schedule

The consultations will present information on how highways can be twinned sooner using tolls.

All sessions are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday Jan. 24

New Glasgow
Pictou County Wellness Centre, 2756 Westville Rd.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Kentville
Kentville Recreation Centre, 348 Main St.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

WindsorHants County War Memorial Community Centre, 78 Thomas St.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Bridgewater
Best Western, 527 Highway 10 Exit 12

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Chester
Atlantica Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre, 36 Treasure Dr.

Thursday, Feb. 16

Halifax
Delta Halifax, 1990 Barrington St.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Sydney
Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard St.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

River Bourgeois
Tara Lynne Community Centre, Recreation Rd.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Port Hawkesbury
Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 606 Reeves St.

Monday, February 27

Lake Echo
Lake Echo Community Recreation- Auditorium, 3168 Highway 7

Wednesday, March 1

Dartmouth
Best Western, 15 Spectacle Lake Dr.

Thursday, March 2*

Antigonish
Claymore Inn, 137 Church St.

*Rescheduled from February 13 due to weather event.

How to send feedback

Online

Complete an online survey:

Online survey

In person

Drop them off in person:

Johnston Building – 2nd floor – Attention Pam Menchenton
1672 Granville Street
Halifax, NS

Mail

Send your comments by mail to:

Feedback - Highway Twinning Feasibility Study
Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
PO Box 186,
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2N2

Feedback form

Send us your comments:



About the feasibility study

In response to many requests from the public to improve highway safety, the province commissioned a highway twinning feasibility study.

Twinning the eight sections included in this study would cost more than $2 billion. Given that cost, we’re studying the feasibility of tolling as an option to allow twinning to take place sooner.

The report represents a detailed screening/assessment that estimates the costs and the toll revenue generation potential for each section of highway studied and ranks them on the following criteria:

  • Safety - collision reductions
  • Traffic volume thresholds
  • Cost versus revenue (financial viability)
  • Travel time and travel costs savings
  • Environmental impacts
  • Land acquisition requirements

Investment

Over the past 2 years, the province has invested over $455 million dollars in highway infrastructure.

Budget

The total highway capital, budget for 2016-17 is $220 million. Of that $70 million is for major construction of new highways and bridges.

Alternative funding

Through alternative funding over the next ten years all 300km outlined in the plan could be completed

Cobequid Pass

Cobequid Pass 45 km of highway was twinned in less than 2 years through Province/Federal cost-sharing and paid back through tolls. All maintenance, including repairs and winter clearing, is also covered by the revenue from tolls.

Gas tax

Every dollar from the gas tax and RWV fees goes back into provincial roads. Over the past 3 years, government has invested $294 million above and beyond what was collected.