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.

Open Houses - Highway 104 Twinning

The Government of Nova Scotia is holding two open house sessions to provide information about the proposed twinning project on Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish.

These drop-in sessions are open to the public and will help inform and gather information regarding the overall project.

Antigonish, Tuesday, November 6
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Location: MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre, St. Francis Xavier University

Stellarton, Wednesday, November 7
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn Express

After hearing from Nova Scotians during province-wide twinning consultations, government is investing an additional $390 million in capital funding over seven years to improve highways without the use of tolls.

The additional $390 million will allow the province to add three sections of twinned 100-series highways to the existing highway plan. It also allows the province to build the Burnside Connector. All four projects will be complete within seven years.

The four projects are:

  • Highway 101, Three Mile Plains to Falmouth, including the Windsor Causeway, 9.5 kilometres
  • Highway 103, Tantallon to Hubbards, 22 kilometres
  • Highway 104, Sutherlands River to Antigonish, including Barneys River, 38 kilometres
  • construction of the four-lane, divided Burnside Connector (Highway 107) between Burnside to Bedford, 8.7 kilometres.

Sections of the highways will open as they are completed.

The funding also includes $30 million in safety improvements on un-twinned highway sections, including a safety study on Highway 107 from Burnside to Musquodoboit.

See the presentation here

The following documents present participant feedback from the 14 public, and one stakeholder, consultation sessions held across the province from Jan. 30 to March 9, from each session. A summary report of this feedback is also included

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.