Local fire chief applauding decision to explore public-private partnership for highway twinning

A local fire chief is applauding the government's decision to look into a public-private partnership to twin Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish.

The province says a public-private partnership would see the twinning project take place within two to three years once it is put out to tender, compared with 10 years or so if the government did the work internally.

Barney's River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says the sooner the highway can be twinned, the better it will be.

He says 15 people have been killed on that stretch of highway since 2009, and many more injured.

In fact, there was a head-on crash on the highway just a few hours after Wednesday's announcement about the project.

There were no fatalities, but the extent of injuries is unknown.