104 Twinning Project registered for environmental assessment

The Highway 104 Twinning Project from Sutherlands River to Antigonish has been registered by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for an environmental assessment.

Two segments of the existing road will be twinned for around 28 kilometres, with the construction of about 10 kilometres of a new four-lane highway.

The province says the new highway section will head south near Barneys River Station and reconnect west of Exit 30.

Work is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed within five years.

Environment Minister Margaret Miller will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval by February 4th.

Government says the project will "improve the connectivity of the provincial highway network" and is expected to reduce collision by 30 to 35 per cent "due to elimination of intersection-related, angle, and head-on collisions and some reduction in single vehicle, rear-end, and sideswipe collisions."