Route 8 to re­ceive re­pairs

The Queens County Advance - - FRONT PAGE - By Nick Moase

Queens Co. is get­ting a piece of Nova Sco­tia’s $92 mil­lion in in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments an­nounced on Oct. 19.

Part of the fund­ing is go­ing to­wards road­work, and in Queens Co it en­com­passes 8km of Route 8 just south of Cale­do­nia.

Premier Dar­rell Dex­ter, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal Bill Estabrooks, fed­eral Min­is­ter of Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture John Baird, fed­eral Min­is­ter of De­fence Peter MacKay and HRM Mayor Peter Kelly made the joint an­nounce­ment.

“I am pleased that this gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to ful­fill the com­mit­ments we made to Nova Sco­tians to max­i­mize fed­eral in­fra­struc­ture spending,” said Premier Dex­ter. “To­day’s an­nounce­ment is pro­vid­ing much-needed in­fra­struc­ture im­prove- ments, em­ploy­ing Nova Sco­tians, cre­at­ing eco­nomic growth and mak­ing life bet­ter for peo­ple from across this prov­ince.”

The two large projects the funds will go to­wards is sewer im­prove­ments in Cape Bre­ton, and a new cen­tral li­brary in Hal­i­fax.

NDP MLA Vicki Con­rad says she is pleased the an­nounce­ment for Queens Co.

“Min­is­ter Estabrooks con­tin­ues to show his com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing road­ways in ru­ral Nova Sco­tia,” said Con­rad. “This area is in need of work and I’m happy to see it move for­ward.”

Tenders for the project will go out in late fall and early spring, and work is ex­pected to take place in 2010.

The fund­ing comes as part of Canada’s Eco­nomic Action Plan in­vest­ment of $33 bil­lion in in­fra­struc­ture across Canada with al­most $12 bil­lion in new in­fra­struc­ture stim­u­lus fund­ing over the next two years.

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