TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Investing in Roads in Cape BretonRegional Municipality Motorists in Cape Breton Regional Municipality will soon havesmoother travels. Two contracts, worth more than $3 million, have recently beenawarded for road improvements in Cape Breton RegionalMunicipality. “Better roads equal a stronger Nova Scotia,” said Ron Russell,Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Safer and moreefficient roads mean improved access to goods and services in ourprovince.” One contract, worth almost $1.5 million, is for Little Pond Road,from Route 305 to Mine Site. The project will involve repairingand repaving about 4.5 kilometres of road. The contract wasawarded to Municipal Ready Mix Ltd. The work has started and isexpected to be complete by Friday, Oct. 31. The second contract involves repaving for two sections of road:Alder Point Road, from Highway 105 to the end at Alder Point,about 6.2 kilometres; and Highway 125, near Exit 5 westerly,about 1.5 kilometres. This contract, awarded to DexterConstruction, is worth over $1.7 million. Work has started andwill be complete by Friday, Oct. 31. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.