ANTIGONISH, NS, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Peter
MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova
Scotia, along with the Honourable Maurice Smith, Nova Scotia Minister
of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, announced the opening of
Highway 104 from Addington Forks Road to Beech Hill Road.
This stretch of highway is the first phase of the Highway 104 project
and includes 7.5 kilometres of four-lane divided highway (two lanes in
"I am pleased to announce the opening of an important route for the
people of Nova Scotia," said Minister MacKay. "Thanks to our
government's investment, everyone who uses this new section of the
Trans-Canada Highway will reach their destination faster."
"The ongoing construction on Highway 104, not only around Antigonish but
also at Sutherlands River, provides thousands of hours of good-paying
jobs," said Mr. Smith. "As the work continues on Phase 2 it's great to
have Phase 1 complete, making travel safer and more convenient."
Total investments for Phase 1 are estimated at $76 million. The
Government of Canada is providing up to $25 million for this phase, and
the Province of Nova Scotia is contributing the remaining funding.
The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia launched Phase 2 of this
project on August 31st, 2012. It involves constructing eight kilometres of four-lane divided
highway between Beech Hill Road and Taylor Road. Investments for this
phase are estimated at $88.4 million. Phase 2 is planned to be
completed by fall 2015.
Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 focuses on job creation, economic
growth and long-term prosperity. Strengthening infrastructure across
the country is an important part of this plan. Thanks to the Government
of Canada's leadership, and our strong economic and financial
fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global
recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has
been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery, with nearly
770,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. Find out more about the
opportunities in Economic Action Plan 2012 at www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html.
SOURCE: Government of Nova Scotia
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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