Staff, patients and visitors will soon have improved access to Cape Breton Regional Hospital with the construction of a second main access road.

Through a memorandum of agreement, the province and Membertou Development Corporation will share the cost of the new road. Membertou will design and construct the road, and the province will own it and be responsible for maintenance and snow clearing.

“I’m so proud to be part of this partnership that brings many benefits including a safer, faster way to access our healthcare services and at the same time, allows for economic growth in our communities,” said Brian Comer, Minister responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health and MLA for Cape Breton East, on behalf of Public Works Minister Kim Masland.

The new access road will be located off Highway 125 at Exit 7A and will also allow the Membertou First Nation to develop its commercial property.

“We are proud to partner with the Province of Nova Scotia on this important project. In Membertou, we are invested in the health and wellness of all Cape Bretoners and Nova Scotians,” said chief Terry Paul, CEO, Membertou. “The new access road will support efforts to expand and build healthcare opportunities in our community.”

The province is contributing up to $2.5 million toward construction of the new road.

“The success of our health infrastructure redevelopment projects is founded on the participation and co-operation of individuals, organizations and communities across Cape Breton,” said  Dr. Elwood MacMullin, senior medical director, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Health Care Redevelopment Project. “We are grateful for the continued support of Membertou, whose generous participation in this work contributes so meaningfully to its success. Working together, we will strive to ensure that every Cape Bretoner has access to cutting-edge medical care in modern new spaces.”

Featured image: (L to R) Brian Comer, Minister responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health and MLA for Cape Breton East; Chief Terry Paul, CEO of Membertou; and Dr. Elwood MacMullin, Senior Medical Director, CBRM Healthcare Redevelopment Project, at the construction site of the new access road to Cape Breton Regional Hospital. (Communications Nova Scotia)

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