Work to twin Pictou County-Antigonish stretch of Highway 104 underway

Highway 104 Toll Feasibility

Construction has begun for the twinning of Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish.

A release says crews broke ground on the $718 million project on Friday.

Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal said in a release, "this project will save lives and provide travelers and business with a high-quality highway for many years to come."

He added the economic and social well-being of the province is dependent on a safe and efficient highway system.

Government says the Highway 104 project, part of the Trans-Canada highway, consists of construction of a twinned highway beginning east of New Glasgow near Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and running east to just west of Exit 31.

The project includes 28 km of new two-lane twinned highway and 10 km of new four-lane twinned highway, along with two new interchanges and 24 new bridges.

TIR says Ottawa is contributing $90 million to the project under the National Trade Corridors Fund.

Construction is expected to be completed before the end of 2023.