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Highway 101 twinning may go concrete (June 01, 2003)

HALIFAX, N.S. - The province is considering using concrete to twin new sections of Highway 101 this summer.A tender in newspapers is looking for bids from concrete companies, as well as asphalt pavers...


HALIFAX, N.S. – The province is considering using concrete to twin new sections of Highway 101 this summer.

A tender in newspapers is looking for bids from concrete companies, as well as asphalt pavers, for work on 11 kilometres of new road, from the railroad overpass to Ellershouse Road.

The work, which is part of an existing cost-shared highways agreement with the federal government, stretches from Mount Uniacke, near Exit 3, to Ellershouse.

As part of the deal, about $27 million was set aside to twin 21 kilometres of existing two-lane road on Highway 101.

Concrete roads are rare in Nova Scotia but commonplace in other provinces and states.

There are two existing concrete roads in Nova Scotia – near Oxford on Highway 104 and on the Bridgetown interchange off Highway 101.

The Cement Association of Canada says concrete highways allow for an up to 11 per cent gain in fuel economy for heavy-dutry trucks.

The new highway should be ready to open in the fall.


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