ANTIGONISH: It’s on time and on budget.
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DTIR) opened Phase 2 of the Highway 104 Antigonish re-alignment to traffic on October 14.
“We’re proud to open this road to traffic after years of planning, design and construction,” said Brian Taylor, communications advisor with the DTIR. “There were lots of crews working on it, and with a project this big, there were a lot of steps to get it from conceptual stage to completion. It’s nice to be hitting the home stretch here.”
The multi-phased Highway 104 project is a 14.5-kilometre new four-lane highway that stretches from west of Addington Forks Road to the east point of Taylors Road, Antigonish County. The cost of the project was $159 million. The Government of Canada contributed $55 million from the Building Canada Fund, with the province contributing the remaining $104 million.
Work on Phase 2 of the project began in March of 2012.
The Exit 33 Beech Hill eastbound on-ramp reopened with the new highway opening.
“The section of the old 104 [future trunk 4] between Beech Hill and Exit 34 [at] South River Road will be reopening less than a week after opening the new highway,” stated Taylor in an e-mail.
“There are also plans for an official opening of the highway, most likely in November.”
When asked about the opening of Phase 2, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser said he was pleased with the progress.
“The entire 104, right from Pictou County through to Cape Breton has some dangerous stretches,” said Fraser, noting the twinning construction creates a number of jobs and expedites the supply chain to and from Cape Breton.
“From my perspective, there is still some work to be done. We all know there is a 37 kilometre stretch of road that is one of the most deadly in eastern Canada. It’s something that I would like to continue to work on to see if we can find a solution to improve and create a safe highway for all of the travelers through my neck of the woods.”
On October 22, Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey and Fraser hosted an official opening of the project.
“We’re proud to open this road to traffic after 20 years of planning, design, and construction,” stated Delorey.
“The 100- series highway system is the backbone of our road network. It helps us get our goods to market more efficiently, improves the safety of motorists and stimulates the economy.”

Among those at the official opening of the Highway 104 twinning project on March 22 were Finance Minister Randy Delorey, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, Antigonish Warden Russell Boucher, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal area manager Jamie Chisholm, and Antigonish Mayor Carl Chisholm.
Among those at the official opening of the Highway 104 twinning project on March 22 were Finance Minister Randy Delorey, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, Antigonish Warden Russell Boucher, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal area manager Jamie Chisholm, and Antigonish Mayor Carl Chisholm.
The Exit 33 Beech Hill eastbound on-ramp reopened with the new highway opening.
The Exit 33 Beech Hill eastbound on-ramp reopened with the new highway opening.
The multi-phased Highway 104 project is a 14.5-kilometre new four-lane highway that stretches from west of Addington Forks Road to the east point of Taylors Road, Antigonish County.
The multi-phased Highway 104 project is a 14.5-kilometre new four-lane highway that stretches from west of Addington Forks Road to the east point of Taylors Road, Antigonish County.