Safer routes and highway access for Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
By Corinne LyndsConstruction Infrastructure Roads Cape Breton First Nations government of canada highways Nova Scotia roads
Afton, Nova Scotia – The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are investing in well-planned road infrastructure that will contribute to building more efficient transportation corridors and supporting sustainable and inclusive First Nations communities for years to come.
Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso; and Lloyd Hines, Nova Scotia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, announced up to $15.3 million in federal-provincial funding for the Highway 104 Paqtnkek Interchange Project. The federal government is contributing more than $6.4 million through the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component (BCF-MIC), with the Government of Nova Scotia providing up to $8.9 million.
This collaborative project, in partnership with the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, involves the construction of a large diamond interchange, including new north and south connector roads and highway underpass. These improvements will significantly reduce travel times for residents of the Paqtnkek community, and increase safety and traveller mobility to and from Highway 104. Most importantly, the new interchange will provide improved 100 Series highway access to Reserve lands that were previously disconnected from the highway.
“The Government of Canada is working in close partnership with the province of Nova Scotia to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help grow the economy, promote sustainable development and increase public safety. By supporting the development of important transportation infrastructure, like Highway 104 and the Paqtnkek Interchange, we help create increased opportunities for Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and area residents,” said Cuzner.
- 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.
- $4 billion of this funding will support infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada