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Author Topic: TCH 104 Twinning from Sutherlands River to Antigonish NS.  (Read 3312 times)

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Re: NS TCH104 Twinning Awarded
« Reply #25 on: February 03, 2020, 09:16:48 AM »

I must admit I'm going to miss the bit of 104 that's being bypassed. Through that valley was a scenic little stretch that was welcome after several hours of fairly boring 4-lane highway.
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Re: NS TCH104 Twinning Awarded
« Reply #26 on: February 03, 2020, 10:48:41 AM »

The Province of Nova Scotia has awarded the contract that will twin the 38 km section of Trans Canada Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish to the Dexter Nova Alliance. Included is 28 km of twinning and 10 km of new divided highway.  And to sweeten the pot.....they also get a 20 year contract to maintain the new highway along with another 25 km of existing highway: the 104 from New Glasgow to Sutherlands River + the recently completed Antigonish Bypass.

That's not really sweetening the pot so to speak, it's a design/build/finance/operate/maintain contract. The contractor is taking on a good deal of liability with this, but at the same time will likely be making a pile of money from it long term. Meanwhile the road authority is getting a road sooner than later, but are losing some autonomy over it and over the long term paying more for it.

So yeah, there's benefits and drawbacks to both parties in this sort of arrangement.
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Re: NS TCH104 Twinning Awarded
« Reply #27 on: February 03, 2020, 11:40:03 AM »

That's not really sweetening the pot so to speak, it's a design/build/finance/operate/maintain contract. The contractor is taking on a good deal of liability with this...….

Yes...but they are also getting an additional 25 km of highway thrown in to maintain that's already built.....with sections open for 7+ years now including New Glasgow to Sutherlands River and Phase I of the Antigonish Bypass along with Phase II that opened in '16. 
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Re: NS TCH104 Twinning Awarded
« Reply #28 on: February 03, 2020, 01:39:41 PM »

That's not really sweetening the pot so to speak, it's a design/build/finance/operate/maintain contract. The contractor is taking on a good deal of liability with this...….

Yes...but they are also getting an additional 25 km of highway thrown in to maintain that's already built.....with sections open for 7+ years now including New Glasgow to Sutherlands River and Phase I of the Antigonish Bypass along with Phase II that opened in '16. 

With 20 years to operate and maintain that section.

That sounds less to me like a nice incentive for the constructor and more like the road authority mortgaging an existing section of highway.
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Re: NS TCH104 Twinning Awarded
« Reply #29 on: February 03, 2020, 02:47:36 PM »

This appears to be fairly common internationally, I've seen it used in various European countries as well, where a contractor (often a consortium) gets to operate a larger section of roadway than just the portion to be constructed. Perhaps they need some kind of minimum scale for it to be worthwhile? I can understand that it may be costly to maintain equipment for just the maintenance and operations of a 10 or 20 kilometer section of road and they need 50 or more kilometers for that to work out efficiently.

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Re: NS TCH104 Twinning Awarded
« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2020, 02:54:24 PM »

Unrelated, but I strongly dislike the font that Nova Scotia uses for its mileage markers.
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Re: NS TCH104 Twinning Awarded
« Reply #31 on: February 03, 2020, 08:35:59 PM »

Also, I recorded a video of this section of Hwy 104 last summer:

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Re: TCH 104 Twinning from Sutherlands River to Antigonish NS.
« Reply #32 on: August 01, 2020, 09:15:07 AM »

Might be worth to revive this thread. ;)
I saw this news via Skyscraperpage forums. https://skyscraperpage.com/forum/showpost.php?p=8984289&postcount=1251  Construction on TCH-104 had begun.
https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200717005

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Construction has begun for the twinning of the Highway 104 between Sutherlands River, Pictou Co. and Antigonish.

Crews and machinery broke ground today, July 17. The $718 million project will make the highway safer for motorists and improve the efficiency of one the province’s most important transportation corridors.

“This project will save lives and provide travellers and business with a high-quality highway for many years to come,” said Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “A safe and efficient highway system is essential to the economic and social well-being of Nova Scotia. Our partnership with Dexter Nova Alliance will deliver on that goal.”

Dexter Nova Alliance, led by local contractors Dexter Construction and Nova Construction, with BBGI as an equity partner, was awarded the contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a section of Highway 104 in May.

Construction will be completed before the end of 2023.

The Highway 104 project, part of the Trans-Canada Highway, consists of construction of a twinned highway beginning east of New Glasgow near Exit 27 at Sutherlands River, and running east to just west of Exit 31.

The project includes 28 kilometres of new two-lane twinned highway and 10 kilometres of new four-lane twinned highway. There are two new interchanges and about 24 new bridges. Dexter Nova Alliance will also upgrade the existing section of highway.
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Re: TCH 104 Twinning from Sutherlands River to Antigonish NS.
« Reply #33 on: August 03, 2020, 07:16:17 AM »

Not part of the current twinning project and located 10 km east of the Antigonish By-pass is a new interchange at the Paq'tnkek First Nation. This is a joint development with the Province and includes a Travel Plaza. The new overpass was designed for the next phase of TCH104 twinning in mind......east toward the Canso Causeway.   













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