January 22, 2018 by Jillian Morgan
Up to $69 million in joint-provincial funding will be provided for Nova Scotia’s Highway 101 Three Mile Plains to Falmouth Twinning Project.
The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia will each contribute up to $34.5 million toward the project through the New Building Canada Fund. The province will allocate the remaining funding toward project costs.
“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,” said Scott Brinson, member of parliament for Kings-Hants, N.S.
“Smart investments in infrastructure projects like this one help grow the economy, promote sustainable regional development, and increase public safety on Canada’s roadways.”
Work includes twinning about 9.5 kilometres of Highway 101 from Exit 5 to Exit 7. The project intends to bridge a missing piece of twinned highway that will ultimately span from Halifax West, N.S., to Hortonville, N.S., at exit 9. The result will be 70 kilometres of continuous twinned highway.
This consistent twinned section aims to provide more efficient transport of goods to and from areas such as the Annapolis Valley, N.S., and Hantsport, N.S., as well as improved safety and reduced travel times.
The project intends to lower the risk of accidents, and extend the life of the highway – one of Nova Scotia’s most traveled roadways.
“Completing the twinning of Highway 101 is a strategic investment that will ensure more efficient movement of people and goods along this important corridor,” said Lloyd Hines, Nova Scotia minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal. “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.”
SOURCE: GOVERNMENT OF CANADA