Nova Scotia to study tolls for highway expansion

By David Tanner, senior editor

The provincial ministry of transportation in Nova Scotia, Canada, says it will consider using tolls to upgrade its highways, but only if residents say they want them.

The Nova Scotia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal issued a request for proposals on

June 19 to conduct study of the use of tolls to “twin” the province’s 100-series highways. The study will cost about $1.5 million and the ministry estimates completion in April 2016.

Twinning highways would double their lane capacity and establish medians, something Transportation and Infrastructure Renewals Minister Geoff MacLellan says will improve safety.

MacLellan says, however, that the department will give Nova Scotians a voice before any roads are tolled.

“I want to be clear, government will not implement tolls unless Nova Scotians say they want it,” MacLellan said in a statement.

The ministry issued a list of highway sections to be studied, approximately 300 kilometers in all.

  • Hwy. 101, Three Mile Plains to Falmouth, 9.5 km
  • Hwy. 101, Hortonville to Coldbrook, 24.7 km
  • Hwy. 103, Exit 5 at Tantallon to Exit 12 Bridgewater, 71 km
  • Hwy. 104, Sutherlands River to Antigonish, 37.8 km
  • Hwy. 104, Taylors Road to Aulds Cove, 38.4 km
  • Hwy. 104, Port Hastings to Port Hawkesbury, 6.75 km
  • Hwy. 104, St. Peter’s to Sydney 80 km
  • Hwy. 107, Porters Lake to Duke Street, Bedford 33 km

Public input will consist of meetings and online resources, the ministry said.

“If it’s decided tolls will not go ahead, the information from the study will still be very valuable to government for long-term highway planning,” MacLellan said. LL