Feds, Tories recognize twinning need

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HALIFAX, N.S. — The federal government is offering enough money to start the ball rolling on the twinning of Hwy. 101.

According to local media, Ottawa and the province will announce as early as today they have reached a deal to spend up to $8 million twinning the section of highway north of Mount Uniacke, N.S.

The funds represent enough to complete approximately eight kilometres of highway or simply prepare the roadbed of a longer section. Nova Scotia transport minister Ron Russell insists this is the most that can be done on the project in the remainder of this construction season.

This year, the province had set aside $5 million for Hwy. 101, but did not want to start the work until the federal government kicked in a comparable amount.

From 1994 to 1999, 44 people died in 35 separate accidents on the highway that stretches from Lower Sackville to Yartmouth. The stretch from Wolfville to Sackville claimed eight lives last year alone.

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