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Major highway paving in P.E.I.

The Canadian Press

Paving is underway on a major alignment of the Trans-Canada Highway in Prince Edward Island.

CHARLOTTETOWN

Paving is underway on a major alignment of the Trans-Canada Highway in Prince Edward Island.

Transportation Minister Robert Vessey says the project known as Plan B is ahead of schedule and on budget.

The initial construction work on the $16-million project started in October to reduce the grade and straighten the highway.

Paving started Aug. 13 and long stretches of the roadbed are already covered in their first layer of asphalt.

The paving will be done in sections with the first portion finished between the Bonshaw Bridge and Crosby Road within the next two or three weeks and from there construction crews will erect guardrails along elevated portions of the highway and get back to paving the section between Crosby Road and Riverdale Road in about four or five weeks.

The project has raised opposition from protesters for environmental and cost reasons.

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