Hubbards, Nova Scotia, July 25, 2017—The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are making infrastructure investments that will help create good middle-class jobs and support a high standard of living for Nova Scotians and their families.
The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board of Canada and Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, local MP for South Shore-St. Margaret’s, Bernadette Jordan, and local MLA for Chester-St. Margaret’s, Hugh MacKay, are pleased to announce $140 million in joint federal-provincial funding for important upgrades to Highway 103.
Work involves twinning approximately 10.8 kilometres of road between Upper Tantallon and Ingramport, with the construction of new bridge structures over Mill Lake, Little Indian Lake, the Ingram River, and over Highway 103 at Mill Lake.
A further 11.8 kilometres of road will be twinned between Ingramport and Hubbards, including the construction of a new interchange at Hubbards to accommodate the added westbound lanes, and 7 kilometres of access road connecting adjacent properties to the interchange.
These vital upgrades to one of the province’s major arterial highways will significantly improve traffic circulation, increase driver safety, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from congestion.
“This investment in twinning Highway 103 is an important part of our government’s promise to Canadians to invest and upgrade existing infrastructure, which leads to more opportunities and further growth potential for communities in South Shore-St. Margaret’s. This project is vital as we continue to address ways to decrease the amount of terrible accidents that occur on Highway 103, and improve access between our communities along the South Shore.”Bernadette JordanMP, South Shore-St. Margarets
“The upgrades to Highway 103 will make it safer and easier for local residents, tourists and commercial drivers travelling on this key transportation route along Nova Scotia’s South Shore. The Government of Canada will continue to work in close collaboration with the Province of Nova Scotia to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help provide job opportunities for the middle-class, improve safety for Nova Scotians and increase the efficiency of our vital transportation corridors.”Hon. Scott BrisonPresident of the Treasury Board of Canada
“The 100-series highway network is the backbone of our transportation system, carrying people and goods from one end of the province to the other. It help us get our goods to market more efficiently, improves the safety of our motorists and stimulates our economy. We developed a focused and strategic road improvement plan in partnership with the federal government.”Hon. Lloyd HinesNS Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
- The Government of Canada is contributing up to $32.5 million for the section of work between Ingramport and Upper Tantallon, and the Government of Nova Scotia is providing up to $37.5 million. The Government of Canada will provide just over $33.1 million for the portion between Ingramport and Hubbards and the Government of Nova Scotia will provide more than $36.8 million. Both projects are being funded through the New Building Canada Fund: National and Regional Projects.
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- More than $10.1 billion of this funding will support trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:o Skilled workforce/Immigration;
o Clean growth and climate change;
o Trade and investment;