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New twinned section of Highway 104 opened today

By Caitlin Snow May 17, 2023 | 12:10 PM

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A new twinned section on Highway 104 opened to traffic today.

The $364 million project will make travel safer and easier for people living in and travelling through Pictou and Antigonish Counties.

It’s a 10km stretch of brand new, four-lane divided highway, over Weaver’s Mountain.

“Twinned highways help to keep Nova Scotia drivers safe,” said Kim Masland, Minister of Public Works. “Completing this stretch of highway is a significant milestone for the highway 104 twinning project. It’s an exciting time for the hundreds of people working on this project, for communities along this highway and for trade across the country that travels through this important corridor.”

Another 2 km to James River has also been finished, part of a larger project, twinning Highway 104 from the New Brunswick border to just east of Antigonish.

“On behalf of all St. FX students, faculty and staff who use the Trans Canada 104 to travel to campus daily, this is very exciting news. The twinning of the highway between Antigonish and New Glasgow creates a safer and shorter commute for everyone. I would like to recognize both the Province and the Federal Government for making this a reality. Also, it’s remarkable to see the hard work completed by construction teams over the past few years. We are very grateful.”
– David Graham, Vice President Advancement, St. Francis Xavier University

Quick Facts:
— the project covers about 38 km of highway and includes the construction of two new interchanges, 24 new bridges and environmental enhancements including wildlife corridors and fencing
— once completed, Dexter Nova Alliance will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of 63 km of highway
— workers have moved more than five-and-a-half million cubic metres of earth, and put down more than 250,000 tonnes of asphalt
— the project has created nearly two million person-hours of work, which is roughly the same as 1,000 years of employment.
— construction on this project started May 6, 2020

The project is slated to be fully open later this summer.


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