Province spending $300 million to improve roads, highways and bridges

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia’s roads, highways and bridges will be safer thanks to a $300 million investment in capital spending for 2019-20.

“We are making the largest investment in Nova Scotia’s infrastructure in eight years and one of the largest in our province’s history,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “It’s part of our commitment to ensure safe and connected communities.”

Major construction on new highways and bridges accounts for the $15 million overall increase with much of the additional funding focused on twinning portions of Highway 101, 103, 104 and Highway 107 (the Sackville-Bedford-Burnside Connector)

It also renews the $20 million in spending for a Gravel Road Program to proactively rebuild existing gravel roads in rural Nova Scotia, improving safety and reducing maintenance costs.

The plan maps out government’s approach, year by year, to repair and maintain the province’s 23,000 kilometres of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges. The plan is subject to approval in the 2019-20 budget.

Major Projects planned for Pictou County in 2019-2020 include:

Highway 104 Twinning: Sutherland’s River to Antigonish (Multi-Year project)

Asphalt Projects for 2019-2020

Highway 104: East Bound Lane Exit 19 (6.3 km)

Highway 104: West Bound Lane from Exit 21 to 20 (5 Km)

Louisville Road from Trunk 6 to Colchester County line (5.6 km)

Middle River Road from Route 289 southerly (5 km)

Sylvester Road from Green Hill Road to Alma Road (3.4 km)

Maintenance Paving

Piedmont Valley Road from Trunk 4 to end of pavement (8.7km)

Double Chip Sealing

Black River Road from Meadowville Station to end of pavement at Langille Road (4.1 km)

Gravel Road Program

Loganville Road from Dalhousie Road easterly (5 km)

Quarry Island Road from Woodburn Road easterly (2.7km)

There are no bridges slated for repair or reconstruction in Pictou County in 2019-2020. 

The complete five-year plan can be found at