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$15M interchange for Highway 101 announced


November 11, 2016
By Andrew Snook


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November 11, 2016 – The Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia have announced that more than $15 million in joint funding will go towards the Highway 101 Granite Drive interchange project between Hortonville and Coldbrook, N.S.

The announcement was made by Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants Scott Brison, on behalf of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi.

“Public infrastructure connects people, supports job creation, and boosts economic development,” Brison said. “The Government of Canada is working in close partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia to ensure we make smart investments that help grow the middle class, promote sustainable development and increase public safety. The improvements to this critical transportation route in New Minas will help reduce traffic congestion in the village and enhance economic growth in the area.”

This project involves constructing an overpass, four ramps to form a “diamond” interchange, a 900-metre connector road from the highway to Granite Drive, a roundabout at the end of Granite Drive and Silver Fox Avenue, and another at each intersection of the on/off ramps. 

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Once complete, the project is expected to improve traffic circulation, increase driver safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from congestion.

The government of Canada is contributing up to $7.66 million to this project, representing 50% of the estimated $15.3 million total eligible project cost. The Government of Nova Scotia is providing the remaining funds.

Brison was joined by Keith Irving, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Kings South, on behalf of the Honourable Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for Nova Scotia.

“The Granite Interchange will improve safety for our drivers on this section of Highway 101, and secondly it will facilitate access to one of the Annapolis Valley’s most important commercial centres – the village of New Minas,” Irving said.