Nova Scotia drivers and tax payers will enjoy improved road surfaces and extended pavement life as a result of three road-improvement tenders announced by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works called the tenders for surface treatments on the following provincial highways: — Antigonish County: 2.3 kilometres on Lower West River Road, west from Trunk 7, and on Ohio East Road, west from Trunk 7 for 5.1 kilometres; — Colchester County: 4.2 kilometres on Trunk 4 from the car-pool parking lot at Exit 17, north to the junction of the East Mountain Road; 2.7 kilometres on the Stewiacke Park Road, from Alton Road to the Stewiacke River park gate; and 2.4 kilometres on Marney Road, from Irwin Lake Road south to the end of Marney Road; — Cumberland County: 7.3 kilometres on Route 366, from east of Trunk 6 to Green Road, and from Green Road east for 5.7 kilometres to Joe Bert Road. The three tenders add up to 29.7 kilometres of highway improvements. “Timely maintenance now can save us larger construction costs later on,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “These projects are essential to protect our existing paved highways.” 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.