Project to be fin­ished in 2020

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of gov­ern­ment an­nounced a new in­ter­change and con­nec­tor road that will be built near the com­mu­nity of Lantz.

The $28 mil­lion joint fed­er­al­provin­cial project will in­clude a one kilo­me­tre-long con­trolled ac­cess con­nec­tor road link­ing High­way 102 to Trunk 2, four ramps form­ing a di­a­mond in­ter­change, a round­about at each in­ter­sec­tion of the on and off ramps, and wider lanes in both di­rec­tions along High­way 102.

A press re­lease said the new in­fra­struc­ture will im­prove traf­fic cir­cu­la­tion, in­crease safety and re­duce green­house gas emis­sions by min­i­miz­ing conges­tion.

Kings-Hants MP Scott Bri­son and Hants East MLA Mar­garet Miller made the an­nounce­ment in Elms­dale on March 13.

The cost of the project will be split be­tween the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment pick­ing up $14 mil­lion, or 50 per cent of the cost.

“Pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture con­nects peo­ple, sup­ports job cre­ation, and boosts eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” Bri­son said in a press re­lease. “The Gov­ern­ment of Canada is work­ing in close part­ner­ship with the Province of Nova Sco­tia to en­sure we make smart in­vest­ments that help grow the mid­dle class, pro­mote sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and in­crease pub­lic safety.”

Brian Tay­lor, a me­dia re­la­tions ad­vi­sor with the Nova Sco­tia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal, said in an email that clear­ing for the in­ter­change will be­gin in early 2019, with con­struc­tion com­menc­ing later that year.

Tay­lor said the paving por­tion of the project is an­tic­i­pated to be fin­ished by late 2020.

“Our com­mu­nity has been cam­paign­ing for a new in­ter­change for many years and I’m very pleased to see this im­por­tant project mov­ing for­ward,” Miller said in a press re­lease. “This project will help fam­i­lies, res­i­dents and vis­i­tors reach their des­ti­na­tions more safely and ef­fi­ciently, while en­abling our econ­omy to re­main com­pet­i­tive well into the fu­ture.”

The pre­cise lo­ca­tion of the new in­ter­change will be de­ter­mined af­ter a traf­fic study is con­ducted in late March.

The project is part of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s multi-bil­lion-dol­lar in­fra­struc­ture plan, which will in­ject funds into in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try for the next 12 years.

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