Nova Scotia highway to be twinned through P3

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The Premier of Nova Scotia has announced that a 38km section of Highway 104 will be twinned through a public-private partnership, and that a tender will be launched next week. 

15,000 vehicles are estimated to use the highway from Sutherlands River to Antigonish, in the north of the province, every day, including 2,500 trucks, making it a critical link for trade and transport to the neighbouring Newfoundland and Labrador province. However, it is well known for accidents and fatalities, with the local community for works to enhance the road's safety for years. 

The provincial government had previously announced that it would twin the portion of highway, but could not implement the project without funding from the federal government. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now committed CAD90 million (US$68.4 million) federal funding to the project, which enables the Nova Scotia government to proceed with the tender.

The project is scheduled to be completed by 2024, and will see a new 10 km four-lane highway built and 28 km of the highway twinned.

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