Government announcement on highway twinning coming Wednesday

A decision is expected Wednesday on the provincial government's plans for twinning highways.

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) Minister Geoff MacLellan will make the announcement late Wednesday morning, following a technical briefing by staff.

A report by CBCL Ltd. looked at the feasibility of twinning eight sections of highway based on a number of criteria, including the 37.8 km stretch of Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish, which was ranked third.

The total project cost for that section was estimated to be $285,100,000, and that twinning would reduce the number of collisions by 11.6 annually.

The release from Communications Nova Scotia says the highway twinning decision is based on the series of public consultations held across the province earlier this year.

TIR said earlier this month that nearly 2,000 Nova Scotians took part in the sessions, and that feedback was also received from nearly 5,400 others through an online survey, an open online comment box, and written submissions via mail and email.