WINDSOR, NS, Jan. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Safe and efficient roadways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating good paying, middle class jobs. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are investing in well-planned infrastructure that will make it easier and safer to move people and products across the country, while supporting sustained economic growth for years to come.
The Honourable Scott Brison, Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants, and President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Lloyd Hines, Nova Scotia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, today announced up to $69 million in joint federal-provincial funding for the Highway 101 Three Mile Plains to Falmouth Twinning Project.
The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are each contributing up to $34.5 million toward this project through the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component – National Regional Projects program. The Province will be providing the remainder of funding toward project costs.
Work includes twinning approximately 9.5 km of Highway 101 from Exit 5 to west of Exit 7. Completing the twinning of Highway 101 through this section will bridge a missing piece of twinned highway that will ultimately span from Halifax west to Hortonville at Exit 9, resulting in approximately 70 km of continuous twinned highway. This consistent twinned section will allow more efficient transportation of goods to and from areas such as the Annapolis Valley and Hantsport.
Twinning will provide improved safety and reduced travel times for commuters, travelers, and area residents. The safety benefits include minimizing the risk of accidents, and extending the life of one of Nova Scotia's most traveled roadways.
"The Government of Canada is proud to be working in close partnership with Nova Scotia to complete the twinning of Highway 101, a vital roadway connecting east and west Nova Scotia. Smart investments in infrastructure projects like this one help grow the economy, promote sustainable regional development, and increase public safety on Canada's roadways."
The Honourable Scott Brison, Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants, and President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Completing the twinning of Highway 101 is a strategic investment that will ensure more efficient movement of people and goods along this important corridor. In addition to making our roads safer for all drivers, it will help bring economic benefits including to the region's agriculture and tourism industries. We will continue to work closely with our federal partners to build a strong foundation that will allow us to grow, to prosper and to build for future generations."
The Honourable Lloyd Hines, Nova Scotia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- More than $10.1 billion of this funding will support trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
*New* – Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ns-eng.html
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
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