01 May MCNEIL: LIBERALS PLAN TO IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE AND CREATE JOBS
This afternoon in Antigonish, Liberal leader Stephen McNeil announced his party’s plan to address the province’s infrastructure needs.
“We are embarking on one of the biggest infrastructure investments in our province’s history,” said McNeil. “The Liberal plan will build safer roads and create thousands of more jobs from one end of this province to the other.”
The most substantial part of that plan will see three sections of the 100-series highways twinned, including 38km from Sutherlands River to Antigonish (including Barneys River).
The twinning project is the largest highway building project in the province’s history. An additional $390 million in capital funding will be spent over seven years to complete the twinning around the province; build the Burnside Connector, a new four lane highway between Bedford and Burnside; and enhance safety along un-twinned sections of highway.
The Liberals will also create the province’s first gravel road plan that will ensure over 700 kilometres of gravel road across Nova Scotia meets modern standards. $10 million dollars will be invested this year, including $3.4 million in the eastern region. The $10 million investment will increase to $20 million dollars in each of the following three years.
Along with building safer roads and highways, a second Liberal mandate will see a $50 million investment in community infrastructure each year. It will go toward new schools and renovations, road repairs and recreation facilities.
“We will see thousands of jobs created throughout our province – that’s more opportunities for Nova Scotians to live and work here.”
Keeping communities connected is also important, and a Liberal government will do that by constructing strategic highway links such as, the Granite Drive Interchange of Highway 101, the Aerotech Connector, and rebuilding of the 102/103 overpass.
Under a Liberal government, tolls on the Cobequid Pass will also come off for Nova Scotia residents once the bonds are paid off, which is expected to be in 2019.