Another portion of Highway 104 will become safer when theexisting highway at Sutherlands River in Pictou County istwinned. Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell has accepteda consultant’s recommendation to twin 4.5 kilometres of Highway104 from Pine Tree Road to just past Route 245, acrossSutherlands River. An earlier option considered bypassing the existing highway andcreating a new alignment. An assessment by Jacques WhitfordEnvironmental Limited studied environmental and community impactsof the twinning and bypass options. “Both routes are economically and environmentally feasible but weagree with the community, that twinning this stretch of highwayis the best decision,” said Transportation and Public WorksMinister Ron Russell. At a public working session in March of this year, residentsshared their views regarding both options. These opinions werethen considered along with environmental factors to reach a finalrecommendation. This portion is the second phase of a project that will seeHighway 104 upgraded to four lanes from just east of New Glasgowto about half a kilometre past Route 245. Mr. Russell said that another 12 kilometres of twinned highwaywill help provide a safer transportation corridor for Highway 104drivers. Residents will have a chance to learn more about the decision totwin this section of the road at a public information session onWednesday, Sept. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. at the East Pictou MiddleSchool in Sutherland River. Clearing for phase one of the project, a 7.7-kilometre sectionfrom New Glasgow to near Pine Tree, is planned for February 2005to allow highway construction work to begin in the spring. The project will be funded under a cost-sharing agreement withthe federal government.