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New bridge opens in Cape Breton

CAPE BRETON, N.S. -- Two years and $10 million later, the Margaree Harbour Bridge in Cape Breton is open to traffic...


CAPE BRETON, N.S. — Two years and $10 million later, the Margaree Harbour Bridge in Cape Breton is open to traffic.

Travelers can now drive over the new two-lane concrete structure, which connects Margaree Harbour and Belle Cote at the start of the Cabot Trail.

“This new bridge is a benefit to travelers and the local economy,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “It’s going to move people and goods faster and more efficiently, and that’s the sign of a first-class transportation network.”

The new structure is 270 metres long with five spans. It replaces a 42-year-old structure that had reached the end of its lifespan.

The bridge opened to traffic on Friday night, Oct. 10, in time for the Thanksgiving weekend. An official opening ceremony will take place in a few weeks.


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