Minister calls for road cash

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OTTAWA, Ont. – Nova Scotia Transport Minister Ron Russell has met with federal Transportation Minister David Collenette to plead his case for more cash for Nova Scotia highways.

“We had a very cordial discussion,” said Russell. “I told him that we have some urgent priorities for our province’s infrastructure, especially our highways. And I said it is absolutely crucial for Ottawa to provide its fair share.”

Russell’s main goal was to win federal financial support to help pay for the twinning of Hwy. 101. The expansion is needed, Russell told Collenette, because of the dramatic increase in traffic on the road in recent years and an unacceptable number of head-on collisions. The two ministers also spoke about the need for expanded ferry capacity from North Sydney to Newfoundland.

“I am still optimistic that a new (infrastructure) program might be in the federal budget at the end of the month,” said Russell, “but Mr. Collenette would not confirm or announce any figures.” n

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