ANTIGONISH, NS, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - There will soon be increased
safety and better traffic flow for drivers on Highway 104 near
Antigonish, thanks to a multi-million-dollar investment by the
Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia.
A $16,750,533 contract, recently awarded to Dexter Construction, will
complete the eight-kilometre Phase 1 section of a controlled access,
100-series highway from Addington Forks to east of Beech Hill Road.
"Highway 104 is a vital link in the Trans-Canada Highway system, and
this project will improve safety, ease congestion and cut travel time
for drivers," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National
Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova. "Our government is
proud to invest in infrastructure projects that create jobs and
economic growth, and lay the foundation for a bright and prosperous
future in Canada."
"This project has been a major economic boost for northeastern Nova
Scotia," said Nova Scotia's Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Minister, Bill Estabrooks. "Its construction is creating good jobs and
its completion will result in a valuable upgrade for drivers in the
Construction of Phase 1 began in 2009 and has a total estimated cost of
about $82 million. The Government of Canada is contributing up to 50
per cent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $25 million,
through the Building Canada Fund. The Province of Nova Scotia is
providing the remainder as part of its Five Year Highway program.
SOURCE Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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