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Nova Scotia to release highway twinning study before end of summer

A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 104 near Pictou County, N.S. Amanda Jess / The News, TC Media

Just days after a fatal collision along Highway 104 claimed the life of 35-year-old Renee Gaudet, the province says they are close to releasing the highway twinning study.

Nova Scotia Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says the final draft for the financial model of the study is being worked on now.

Once it is complete, the study will be made available to the public a few weeks before the government holds public consultations.

“For us, it’s about getting to the doorsteps of Nova Scotians, letting them see what we see, in the same format and in an understandable breakdown and then let the people who put us here decide what to do next,” MacLellan said Thursday.

The study comes with a price tag of $1 million and has taken a year to complete.

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It will look at a total of 301 kilometres of Nova Scotia highways to see whether tolling will work for twinning the eight sections of  the 100 series highways.

The map shows the stretches of highway to be included in the feasibility study. Global News

Calls for the 100 series highways to be twinned ramped up again this week after Monday’s fatal collision.

Family and friends of Gaudet are working to raise money to help her young family and young children, Hayden and Lilly.

Go Fund Me page has been set up where people can help their effords. Both of the children were in the car with their mother when the accident happened but escaped without serious injury.

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