Drivers in Shelburne County will soon have safer roads thanks to the province’s continuing commitment to complete the new Highway 103 section in the Barrington area. The project is intended to fill an 8.3 kilometre gap between the limited access sections of Highway 103, from east of Barrington to west of Oak Park. The work includes two river bridges and an interchange. The $19-million project began in 1997. In April 2004, Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell made a commitment to complete the project in 2006. Work on the bridge over the Willis Branch of the Barrington River and subgrade construction west of Barrington River is underway. An estimated $10 million is needed to complete the project in 2006. “A limited access, uninterrupted 100-series highway will be a big plus for travel on the South Shore,” said Mr. Russell. “The residents of Shelburne have been exceedingly patient in waiting for this next step. Not only will this project improve road safety but it will also be beneficial for commercial traffic and tourism.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.