Route 236: repaving from Union Corner for 4.8 kilometres to Scotch Village. Dexter Construction was the winning contractor on this project with a bid of $681,975. Nova Scotia’s plan to upgrade many of the province’s highwayswill mean smoother, safer roads in Hants County this fall. The Department of Transportation and Public Works recentlyawarded three contracts for road improvements in Hants Countyworth almost $3 million. The projects are: Trunk Highway 14: repaving from the junction of Highway 101 (Exit 5) east for about 8.5 kilometres to the intersection with Route 215 at Brooklyn. The winning contractor was Chapman Bros. Construction Ltd. with a bid of $1,314,855. The three contracts will result in 20.4 kilometres of paving at atotal cost of $2,966,730. “The budget for 2005-06 calls for our department to spend $143-million on constructing and upgrading Nova Scotia highways,” saidRon Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Byallowing the smooth, safe circulation of people and goods,highways act as the lifeblood of the province. Bringing them backto top shape is an important job.” 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. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Paving Contracts Awarded in HantsCounty Brushy Hill Road: repaving in the East Uniacke area from Etter Road north for about 7.1 kilometres to just north of Lakecrest Drive. The winning contractor was Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. with a bid of $969,900.
Casablanca — The Mauritanian Press Agency (MPA) has reported that King Mohammed VI spoke with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz over the phone, following controversy surrounding Chabat’s claims that Mauritania is sitting on Moroccan land. The call comes after a statement issued by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign affairs, issued yesterday, which reiterated the country’s official respect for Mauritania’s territorial integrity. Moroccan Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane also confirmed his travel plans to Mauritania with Le360, likely in an effort to smooth over the situation. Istiqlal Secretary General Hamid Chabat raised controversy this week when he called Mauritania “a Moroccan territory” during a speech, adding that “Morocco’s borders extend from Sebta in the north to the Senegal river in the south.”During the call held today between King Mohammed VI and President Ould Abdelaziz, reports the MPA, “the two heads of state discussed the brotherly bilateral relations and ways to reinforce and develop them.” The MPA did not indicate that any formal discussion was held over Chabat’s controversial statement.