The Nova Scotia Government is supporting economic growth and improved road safety with a $20.4 million investment in new highway infrastructure in Bridgewater.
The project, which includes a new interchange between Exits 12 and 13, will have a positive impact on the growth of the Bridgewater Business Park and road safety in the community. It includes a new diamond interchange including ramps, roundabouts, bridge and connector roads. The road through the business park will also be realigned and upgrades will be made to five existing intersections.
“Strategic investments in transportation infrastructure are vital to our economy as businesses need to move goods quickly and efficiently,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The new interchange will provide a dedicated connection to the Bridgewater Business Park, making this important business centre more accessible and attractive for investment and future growth.”
Canadian businesses rely on efficient and modern trade and transportation corridors to get their goods to market in our country and around the world. This investment will reduce congestion and travel times in our communities, give people safer ways to move around and keep our businesses competitive, while creating hundreds of good, well-paying middle class jobs for Canadians.
Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development
This is a profoundly remarkable and important announcement for Bridgewater, Lunenburg County and, in fact, for all of South Western Nova Scotia. This investment in our local infrastructure will spur future growth and investment in our part of the province for decades to come. It will draw new and exciting business to our area and combined with our exceptional services, skilled workforce and now flexible land space, will allow us to adapt to and welcome virtually any current or future growth-driven needs that may arise.
David Mitchell, mayor of the Town of Bridgewater
-total cost of project is $48.8 million. Provincial contribution is $20.4 million; municipal contribution is $8 million and federal contribution is $20.4 million through the National Trade Corridors Fund
-preliminary design work will begin this fall, with construction on the new interchange expected in 2021 and the official opening in 2022
construction will create 480 jobs, plus additional economic and employment benefits from the investment
-it will create access to 125 acres of developable land north of Highway 103
National Trade Corridors Fund: https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/programs-policies/programs/national-trade-corridor-fund-backgrounder.html
Trade and Transportation Corridor Initiative: https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/trade-transportation-corridors-initiative.html