For release - February 11, 2011
SYDNEY RIVER, NOVA SCOTIA — Motorists in Nova Scotia are now benefiting from a new four-lane section of twinned road from Balls Creek to Coxheath on Highway 125.
Today, Senator Michael MacDonald, along with the Honourable Frank Corbett, Nova Scotia's Deputy Premier, marked the completion of a five–kilometre section of twinned highway on this key transportation corridor connecting Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada.
"This project is another example of how the Government of Canada, in partnership with Nova Scotia, is taking action to invest in Cape Breton's infrastructure," said Senator MacDonald. "This newly twinned highway will ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods along this important highway system."
"The opening of this section completed a twinned link on Highway 125 from Coxheath to Trans-Canada 105," said Mr. Corbett. "As part of the department's recently released five-year plan, this project and others like it are already creating jobs and growing the economy."
The project consisted of twinning Highway 125 from Balls Creek to west of Coxheath and constructing two additional lanes south of the existing highway. The total cost of twinning this five-kilometre section was $14.1 million. The federal contribution to the project was $3.5 million under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund. Work began on this section of the highway in August 2008 and was completed on December 4, 2010.
This newly twinned highway will expand road capacity, which will enhance safety, improve traffic conditions and help support trade, tourism and economic development in the province. It will also address future traffic operations and highway safety needs along this segment of highway. The provincial and federal governments are also co-operating on further twinning of Highway 125 from Coxheath to Grand Lake Road.
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