The first section of Highway 104 Antigonish Bypass is now open

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 each direction).

"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:

Geneviève Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Ottawa
613-991-0700

Sue McKeague
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
902-424-8978
Email: mckeagsm@gov.ns.ca

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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