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Nova Scotia awards construction contract for Trans-Canada Highway widening near Antigonish

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by Daily Commercial News

The Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal department announced last week a recently-awarded $16.75-million contract to Dexter Construction will complete the first phase of a project to widen the section of the Trans-Canada Highway bypassing Antigonish to the south. The federal government, though the Building Canada Fund, will contribute up to 50 per cent of eligible costs.

The Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal department announced last week a recently-awarded $16.75-million contract to Dexter Construction will complete the first phase of a project to widen the section of the Trans-Canada Highway bypassing Antigonish to the south.

Construction of Phase 1 of the Antigonish Highway, an eight-kilometre section of a controlled access road, began in 2009 and has a total estimated cost of $82 million. The federal government, though the Building Canada Fund, will contribute up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum of $25 million. The remainder will be funded by the province of Nova Scotia.


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The Dexter Construction contract “will complete” the section of Highway 104 from Addington Forks west of Antigonish, to east of Beech Hill Road, the province stated.

Highway 104 goes from Cape Breton Island west through Antigonish, New Glasgow and Truro, then north through Amherst to the New Brunswick border, where it becomes New Brunswick Highway 2.

“Highway 104 is a vital link in the Trans-Canada Highway system, and this project will improve safety, ease congestion and cut travel time for drivers,” Defence Minister Peter MacKay stated in a press release. MacKay is the Member of Parliament representing the riding of Central Nova in the House of Commons.

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