Construction has begun for the twinning of the Highway 104 between Sutherlands River, Pictou County and Antigonish in Nova Scotia. The $718 million project will make the highway safer for motorists and improve the efficiency of one the province’s most important transportation corridors.

“This project will save lives and provide travellers and business with a high-quality highway for many years to come,” said Lloyd Hines, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “A safe and efficient highway system is essential to the economic and social well-being of Nova Scotia. Our partnership with Dexter Nova Alliance will deliver on that goal.”

Dexter Nova Alliance, led by local contractors Dexter Construction and Nova Construction, with BBGI as an equity partner, was awarded the contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a section of Highway 104 in May. Construction will be completed before the end of 2023.

The Highway 104 project, part of the Trans-Canada Highway, consists of construction of a twinned highway beginning east of New Glasgow near Exit 27 at Sutherlands River, and running east to just west of Exit 31.

The project includes 28 kilometres of new two-lane twinned highway and 10 kilometres of new four-lane twinned highway. There are two new interchanges and about 24 new bridges. Dexter Nova Alliance will also upgrade the existing section of highway.

The federal government is contributing $90 million to the project under the National Trade Corridors Fund.

“I am very encouraged to see the twinning of Highway 104 moving forward. This important project will create hundreds of good paying jobs and will foster long-term prosperity in our communities,” said Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament, Central Nova, on behalf of Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneau. “Most importantly, upgrading this highway will save lives by significantly improving the safety of one of our region’s most dangerous stretches of highway.”

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