Nova Scotia plans to spend more than $1 billion on roads and bridges by 2030 – Halifax IG News

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The Nova Scotia government plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next seven years on highways, bridges and ferry services.

Public Works Minister Kim Maasland says the planned spending is one of the province’s largest investments in transportation infrastructure.

Maasland says Nova Scotia plans to spend $450 million in 2023-24 on road construction and major projects already underway.

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$583 million has been set aside to complete six other major construction projects between 2025 and 2030.

Also, eight major projects will continue in 2023-24, including connecting parts of several 100-chain highways and 31 bridges scheduled for replacement or rehabilitation.

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Maasland said the six long-term construction projects include:

  • Twining of Highway 103 between Hubbards and East River
  • Twining of Highway 103 between East River and Chester
  • Construction of an interchange on Highway 103 in Argyle
  • Twining of Hwy 104 between Taylors Road and Pactonake
  • Twining of Highway 107 between Burnside and Loon Lake
  • Development of ferry infrastructure at Tancook.

The province has 23,000 km of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges.

“Not only will this investment make our highways and bridges safer, but it will also give the road construction industry time to plan and prepare for these major investments,” Maasland said in a statement.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 6, 2023.

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