Construction begins on Highway 104 Heatherton Bridge

Improving safety for motorists and the efficiency of transport of goods

ANTIGONISH, NS, June 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Honourable Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment and Minister Responsible for Gaelic Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Geoff MacLellan, Nova Scotia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, marked the start of construction of the Highway 104 Heatherton Bridge project.

The Highway 104 Heatherton Bridge project involves the reconstruction of the Heatherton Bridge on the National Highway System on Highway 104, between Exit 35 and Exit 36 in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. The project consists of the construction of a detour bridge adjacent to the existing bridge, the removal of the existing bridge and the construction of the replacement bridge. 

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of July 2015.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is contributing up to $1.8 million to this project through the Building Canada Fund.
  • The Province of Nova Scotia is providing the remaining funding for this project, which has a total estimated cost of $5.5 million.


"Strenghtening Nova Scotia's communities and ensuring their long-term prosperity is a key commitment of our government. We are proud to invest in the replacement of Highway 104's Heatherton Bridge as we continue to focus on creating jobs, promoting growth and building strong, prosperous communities across the country, to improve the quality of life of all Canadians. This highway is not only a vital link in the Trans-Canada Highway system, but it is also key infrastructure the people of Nova Scotia need and rely on." 

The Honourable Peter MacKay
Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

"Well-built, safe highways keep Nova Scotians and visitors safe and on the move," said Mr. Delorey. "Keeping our highways and bridges in top shape also provides good jobs for Nova Scotians."

The Honourable Randy Delorey
on behalf of
The Honourable Geoff MacLellan
Nova Scotia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

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SOURCE: Transport Canada

For further information: Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Ottawa, 613-943-1838; Paloma Aguilar, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Justice, 613-992-4621; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055; Pam Menchenton, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, 902-483-1750, Email:

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