Highway twinning session postponed

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Due to weather and poor travel conditions, the public consultation session on highway twinning scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, Jan. 24, in New Glasgow has been rescheduled.

The session will now be held on Monday, Jan. 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, 2656 Westville Rd.

It is one of a number of consultations scheduled and follows a briefing on Monday that included an examination of a Nova Scotia highway feasibility study to twin or build sections of 100 Series highways throughout the province.

Two sections of Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish and beyond Antigonish to the Strait of Canso are among the eight options detailed in the study.

The Sutherlands River to Antigonish portion of twinning ranked third in terms of priority behind sections of Highways 101 in the Annapolis Valley and 103 along the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

The Sutherlands River to Antigonish section of Highway 104 would cost an estimated $285 million.

It noted the 23,000 kilometres of provincial roads and highways and 4,100 bridges in the province, many of which date from Confederation. The province maintains 90 per cent of the road system.

Provincial highway spending in 2016-17 is $397 million that includes $200 million for highway construction. There is a $30 million shortfall between expenses than revenues from the $95 million received from vehicle registration and licence fees and the $272 million from the gas tax.

Completing all eight projects would cost about $2 billion.

The study factors in a partnership and tolling approach that allowed the Cobequid Pass section of Highway 104 to be built in two years

The Sutherlands River to Antigonish section of Highway 104 would cost an estimated $285 million with a toll range of $2.27 to $3.78.

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