Nova Scotia continues to build a stronger road network along theEastern Shore. The province is advertising tenders for three sections of roadwork along Trunk 7 this summer. The projects amount to 19kilometres of improvements, part of the province’s commitment toupgrade the highway to handle heavy commercial trucks and toprovide a smoother ride for motorists. “We are helping to build a strong economy on the Eastern Shore,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”We are investing substantial dollars into our transportationnetwork, and Trunk 7 and residents of the Eastern Shore are thebeneficiaries of sound investments.” The tenders are for the following sections of Trunk 7: from the Highway 107 access road to the west end of Pinehill Drive, about six kilometres; from about 5.5 kilometres east of Upper Lakeville Road, east towards Ship Harbour, about 4.5 kilomtres; and from about 1.3 kilometres west of Liscombe River, east towards Mackinley Point Loop Road, about 8.5 kilometres. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Province Building Stronger Roadsalong Eastern Shore In July 2002, the province announced a five-year, $17-millionplan to repave and strengthen 61 kilometres of Trunk 7 andupgrade four bridges. Last summer about 20 kilometres of Trunk 7was repaved and one bridge rebuilt. Once Trunk 7 is repaved and strengthened, commercial trucks willbe able to carry full loads along the entire length of thehighway, boosting the economic strength of the local community. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division 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 located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.