17 Jul Improving Highway Safety and Creating Jobs
Your Liberal government knows how important highway safety is to Nova Scotians. That’s why we’re partnering with the federal government to twin Highway 104 between Sutherland’s River, Pictou Co. and Antigonish.
“Highway 104 is an essential piece of infrastructure connecting communities in our province and our province to the rest of the country. I’m pleased our federal partners are working with us on this project that will make the highway safer and create jobs,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.
Our government is investing $105 million toward the project, and the federal government is contributing $90 million. This investment will see 38 kilometers of highway twinned, with construction expected to begin in early 2020 and completed by 2024 for that stretch of road.
The project will include a new, 10 kilometre, four-lane alignment between Barneys River and James River, south of the existing Highway 104, made necessary by the area’s topography and terrain as well as a river and rail line.
“Twinning and upgrading Highway 104 is about improving road safety, creating good, middle class jobs, and making it easier for people – and products – to move across the province and the country,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Our government will continue to listen to communities, and make historic investments in the infrastructure they need, today and for the future.”
This announcement is an investment in our future, and will provide safer roads for generations to come. These are also investments in our rural communities, providing essential upgrades to the infrastructure residents rely on.
Lastly, it’s an investment in our economy that allows goods and services to move quickly from province to province; to markets at home and abroad.