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HALIFAX, N.S. -- The government of Nova Scotia announced two major construction projects for Hwy. 103.


HALIFAX, N.S. — The government of Nova Scotia announced two major construction projects for Hwy. 103.

A total of $28 million will be spent on the twinning of a 15 kilometre stretch just outside Halifax and the completion of the Barrington bypass in Shelburne County over the course of four years.

“These are significant capital investments in better roads for the South Shore,” says Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Ron Russell. “And all of it is provincial money. The increased funding in this year’s capital roads budget means we can complete projects that are extremely important to the South Shore economy.”

Russell thanked residents, municipal officials and members of the legislative assembly for being patient as plans were developed and funding was sought.

The Barrington bypass, from Barrington to Oak Park, will see the completion of 8.3 kms of a new two-lane controlled-access highway and interchange. The project will cost $12.1 million.

This includes $3.5 million for 2002-03; $2.3 million in 2003-04; $3.3 million in 2004-05; and $3.0 million in 2005-06. So far the department has spent about $3.1 million to clear sections of the right-of-way and to build the roadbed. The new section is due to open in the fall of 2005.

The twinning project in Halifax Regional Municipality will make the highway four lanes from Otter Lake (Exit 3) to Upper Tantallon (Exit 5), about 15 kms. It will cost $15.9 million.

Project costs for clearing, roadbed construction, river structure, interchange lengthening and paving make up the difference. The new section is due to open in the fall of 2005.

“These projects are major steps forward, and they’ll proceed even as we continue with the current twinning work under way on Hwy. 101,” says Russell.

Over the next two years, the province will spend $18.9 million to complete the twinning of Hwy. 101 between Mount Uniacke (Exit 3) and Ellershouse (Exit 4). That section is due to open in the fall of 2003.

The total costs for each year of the Hwy. 103 projects announced are $4.86 million for 2002-03; $7.25 million for 2003-04; $9 million for 2004-05 and $6.9 million for 2005-06.


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