A $3.1-million paving contract awarded in Halifax County will result in an improved main road between the Musquodoboit Valley and points west. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded a $3,096,250 contract to repave Route 224 from Cooks Brook, east to the intersection of Exhibition Grounds Road — a distance of about 12.3 kilometres. The contract was awarded to Basin Contracting Ltd. The work is scheduled for completion by this summer. “Route 224 is the major road connection between the Musquodoboit Valley and Highway 102,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac. “This contract will make this section stronger and better able to handle all types of traffic including industrial and agricultural vehicles.” 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.