East of exit five, there will be patching and repaving from east of the provincial park in Whycocomagh for about five kilometres. The winning contractor was Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. with a bid of $940,130. West of exit four, patching and repaving will be done for about 8.2 kilometres to the Skye River. The winning contractor was Cumberland Paving and Contracting Ltd. with a bid of $1,194,300. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Three Road Improvement ContractsAwarded in Inverness County Three separate contracts for road improvements worth a total of$2.3 million will help make for smoother travels for motorists inInverness County. The work, which is scheduled to be finished by the end of theyear, involves three separate contracts, announced today, April14, two for repaving different sections of Highway 105 and athird for improvements to the Highway 19 culvert across MalcolmBrook. Two projects are on Highway 105, on either side of Whycocomagh: The work at Malcolm Brook on Trunk Highway 19 consists ofupgrading of the culvert at this location near southwest Mabou.The winning contractor was J and T Van Zutphen Construction Inc.with a bid of $136,000. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year. “Good roads are the lifeline that keep products and peopleflowing through Nova Scotia,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “These projects will benefit notonly local residents but also the thousands of visitors whotravel these roads every year.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater,Bedford, Truro and Sydney.