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$3.9 million ‘active transportation corridor’ coming to Antigonish, N.S.


June 24, 2021
By Rock to Road Staff

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A new $3.9 million transportation corridor is being built in Antigonish, N.S., that will give residents of all ages and abilities new green and sustainable options to travel around town.

This new two-kilometre project will act as the spine of the active transportation network for the Town of Antigonish and connect to a greater active transportation network in the surround county.

Project elements

The project involves building or rebuilding key pieces of infrastructure at the following locations:

  • West Street (connecting Highway 104 and James Street to St. Ninian Street)
  • St. Ninian Street (connecting West Street to Church Street)
  • Off-road section through Columbus Field (connecting Church Street to St. Andrews Street)
  • Main Street (connecting St. Andrew Street to Adam Street)

The funding will support healthy and active lifestyles in addition to supporting a greener future for the next generations.

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Funding sources

The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.6 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing more than $1.3 million, while the Town of Antigonish is contributing more than $1 million.

“Active transportation infrastructure projects promote healthy living, reduce emissions, and make our communities more vibrant and dynamic places to live and work,” said Sean Fraser, MP for Central Nova. “This investment will create local jobs, help residents of Antigonish become more active and will contribute to the Town of Antigonish’s effort to become Canada’s first net-zero community.”

“I am thrilled to see the federal government make this investment and look forward to seeing the benefits it will bring to the community.”

Laurie Boucher, Mayor of Antigonish, said the project is part of the town’s long-term commitment to active transportation — making it a more attractive, safe and accessible option for cyclists, families travelling with strollers and young children on bikes.

“This corridor project will connect the town and county’s active transportation networks and puts Antigonish on the provincial blue route map, giving people one more reason to visit our wonderful community,” said Boucher.