SYDNEY, N.S. — The Cape Breton Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia declared 2017 to be its busiest construction season ever after the region’s asphalt plants shut down for the season before the December holidays.
Work tallied over $21 million for the year, noted a statement from the municipal government, as a record spend concluded on roadwork and underground infrastructure.
The season saw improvements to the municipality’s water systems worth $12 million, with rehabilitation work done to over 11 kilometres of watermain. A $1-million manhole replacement project is ongoing. Stormwater separation work, worth an additional $2 million, and lift station replacements, worth $1 million, continue into 2018.
The improvements to the existing water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure are funded 50 per cent federally through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, 25 per cent by the Province of Nova Scotia and 25 per cent by the municipality, the statement said.
There was also $3.8 million of capital spending on local roads, including 23 projects, with $2.6 million on collector roads, including five projects. The municipal public works department conducted $1.175 million worth of work on road repairs throughout the municipality.
Last year also saw $1 million spent on arterial road work, cost-shared through the federal New Building Canada Fund Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component National and Regional Projects, the Province of Nova Scotia and the municipality.
“These significant projects have led to hundreds of improvements across the Cape Breton Regional Municipality,” said Mayor Cecil Clarke in the statement.