April 10, 2003

Highway improvements worth $61 million announced for Nova Scotia

Ottawa, Ontario – The federal and Nova Scotia governments have announced $61 million in highway improvements towards the twinning of sections of Highway 101 and Highway 104. The announcement was made by the Honourable Robert G. Thibault, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for Infrastructure and the Honourable David Collenette, Minister of Transport, and Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm.

The Government of Canada’s $30.5-million contribution to these projects will be made through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Nova Scotia will match this contribution. Both governments have agreed to continue to examine how best to support the completion of these twinning projects.

The $61-million investment will provide for the twinning of an 8-km section of Highway 104 between New Glasgow and Pine Tree Road, as well as the twinning of two sections of Highways 101 between Falmouth and Avonport, and St.Croix and Wentworth Road. The work on Highway 101 will also include the construction of three new grade separations at Exit 25 near Joggins, at Exit 32, near Hectanooga Road, and at Brooklyn Road, in Yarmouth.

“I am pleased that our governments agree on the importance of highway twinning for the safety of all Nova Scotians,” said Minister Thibault. “I am confident today’s announcement will have a major impact on tourism and on the economy of the entire province.”

“Securing more federal funding to improve Nova Scotia highways has been a priority of our government since day one,” said Premier Hamm. “Better highways mean safer travel for Nova Scotians and visitors to our province. Better highways are an important investment in our economy.”

Today’s announcement brings the Government of Canada’s investment in Nova Scotia’s infrastructure since 1994 to over $405 million.

Through the $2-billion Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada is working with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, as well as with the private sector, to respond to strategic infrastructure needs throughout the country. These investments are directed to large-scale projects of major national and regional significance, in areas that are vital to sustaining economic growth and supporting an enhanced quality of life for Canadians.

In the Speech from the Throne of September 30, 2002, the Government of Canada committed to an additional 10-year involvement in public infrastructure. Its Budget 2003 reaffirmed this long-term commitment and provided an additional $3 billion for strategic and municipal infrastructure. In combination with the $5.25 billion in infrastructure programs announced in Budget 2000 and 2001, this brings the Government of Canada’s recent investment in the nation’s infrastructure to over $8 billion.

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