07/16/2015 06:15 EDT | Updated 07/16/2016 05:59 EDT

Federal government spends millions on upgrading Island highways

CHARLOTTETOWN - The federal government is spending up to almost $7.5 million to make improvements on highways in P.E.I.

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, the regional minister for the Island, says the money will be used for 15 rehabilitation and new construction sites along Routes 1 and 2.

They are part of the national highway system.

Shea says the work will improve driver safety and traffic flow.

The money is part of the New Building Canada Plan, which includes $440 million for the Island over 10 years.