N.S. responds to U.S. complaint about state of shoddy highway

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HALIFAX, N.S. — Fixing a shoddy stretch of highway on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore is important, but no more crucial than fixing other bad roads, says the province’s Transportation Department.

“All our roads are priorities," explains Ross McLaren, spokesman for the provincial Transportation Department. The response came after an American travel firm complained parts of the highway were too bumpy for recreational vehicles.

McLaren said the province isn’t planning a major makeover of Hwy. 7 in the near future. About 10 kilometres of patching and shoulder work should be completed by summer’s end.

The travel company claims it may drop its tour to historic Sherbrooke Village from metro Halifax.

A study released in May showed that over the next decade $3.5 billion would be needed to fix Nova Scotia’s roads.

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