TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Contract Awarded for BridgeReplacement Travellers along Seaview Drive in Cape Breton RegionalMunicipality will be sailing over Leitches Creek on a new bridgestarting this September. A contract for the concrete bridge hasbeen awarded to Port Hood-based J&T Van Zutphen Construction Inc. “It’s good news for drivers in the community and in Cape Breton,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”This is just another sign of our investments in Cape Breton andin our bridge infrastructure.” A panel bridge has been used by motorists across Leitches Creeksince 2001 when the railroad bridge was taken out of service. Thenew bridge is expected to be completed by Sept. 30. About $9 million will be spent on steel truss bridges this year,part of a five-year, $50-million program to replace about 66structures across the province. The bridge will cost $864,000 to replace. Overall, the department will spend $34.5 million on its bridgesthis year. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 4,100 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. Government spent $88.5 million on major road and bridgeconstruction projects in Cape Breton over the last five years.Cape Breton’s share of the provincial capital highwayexpenditures increased by more than five per cent during the sametime period.