19 Dec Our Five-Year Highway Improvement Plan
Your Liberal government knows transportation is critical to ensure safe and connected communities. That’s why we’re making the third largest investment in transportation infrastructure in our province’s history.
Nova Scotia will invest $285 million in capital spending on its highways, bridges and roads in 2018-2019. That’s $60 million more than last year.
- $115 million for Major Construction such as new highways and bridges
- $101.5 million for asphalt work and resurfacing
- $29.1 million for bridge replacement and rehabilitation
Major construction on new highways and bridges accounts for $50 million of the overall increase, with much of that additional funding focused on twinning portions of highway 101, 103 and 104.
The 2018-2019 Five Year Plan also earmarks $10 million in new spending for a Gravel Road Program. That’s in addition to the $10 million in new funding we announced last spring. This program will proactively rebuild existing gravel roads in rural Nova Scotia, improving safety and reducing maintenance costs.
The five-year plan maps out your Liberal government’s approach, year by year, to repair and maintain the province’s 23,000 kilometres of roads and highways and its 4,100 bridges.
Sharing this plan lets Nova Scotians know about the improvements being made in their communities and when they can expect the work to be done. It also helps give Nova Scotia companies a better opportunity to prepare for the more than 180 highway improvement projects planned in the coming year.
“The 100-series highways are the backbone of our transportation system while gravel roads are critical for parts of rural Nova Scotia,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “The injection of $60 million in additional spending is expected to create more than 3,000 new jobs for the construction industry as well as spinoff benefits for local businesses.”
Along with creating jobs and growing our local economy, these investments will ensure our province has modern highways and well-maintained roads, which is integral in building a safer and stronger Nova Scotia.