Highway Twinning Public Consultations

Public Consultation

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.