Today, Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament (Cape Breton-Canso), on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Vernon Pitts, Warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) announced joint funding of over $3.9 million to expand the sidewalk network in the community of Guysborough, a growth hub of MODG . This investment will increase pedestrian safety by allowing residents and visitors to adjacent communities to exit the gravel shoulder of Highway 16 and lead them onto an expanded network of sidewalks.
The project will construct over 2,500 meters of sidewalk, as well as benches, traffic signs and pedestrian crossings. 980 meters of new sidewalk will connect the existing sidewalk along Main Street to medical facilities, as well as retirement and nursing homes on the north side of Guysborough. An additional 1,610 meters of sidewalk to the south will connect residents to essential businesses and services, including grocery and hardware stores, as well as provincial government offices and employment services.
When completed, the sidewalk extension will provide residents with safe and inclusive transportation options and a healthier way to travel with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, building the resilience of our communities and improving the lives of Canadians.