The province has awarded two separate contracts worth $1.8 million for road improvements in Cumberland County. The first contract is for repaving on Route 302, west of Springhill, from the intersection of Trunk 2 at Southampton, north for 9.8 kilometres to the intersection of Athol Road. The winning contractor was Chapman Bros. Construction Ltd. with a bid of $1,479,133. A contract was also awarded for crack filling, sealing, and surface coating for 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 winning contractor was Industrial Cold Milling Limited with a bid of $317,100. “These projects are part of the department’s determined effort to upgrade Nova Scotia’s highways,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This year we are spending $143 million on road construction.” 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 offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.