04/26/2017 05:40 EDT | Updated 04/26/2017 05:40 EDT

N.S. to spend $390 million on highway improvements without using tolls

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government is committing $390 million over seven years to improve highways without the use of tolls.

Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says after a series of 14 public meetings it was clear tolls weren't wanted, but that the province should improve roads.

MacLellan says the funding will allow the twinning of three sections of 100-series highways and the building of the Burnside connector in suburban Halifax.

The twinning projects include Highway 101 at the Windsor causeway, Highway 103 from Tantallon to Hubbards and Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish.

The funding includes $30 million for safety improvements for highways not being twinned.

The province has applied for matching funds for the projects under the federal infrastructure program.