Nova Scotia

Get out of paving business, province told

A coalition of Nova Scotia road-building companies is calling on the province to reverse its decision to get into the paving business.

A coalition of Nova Scotia road-building companies is calling on the province to reverse its decision to get into the paving business.

The group, including the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, the Trucking Association of Nova Scotia and the Mining Association of Nova Scotia, says it doesn't believe the government plan will save taxpayers money.

The coalition is also upset over the release of government documents indicating the province could end up using Crown land to develop quarries in order to get the aggregate needed for asphalt.

Scott Hoeg of the mining association says the move threatens his industry's livelihood because road builders are its largest Nova Scotia customer.

The province announced last week that it would spend $6 million to buy and run a mobile asphalt plant and would also establish a road crew as part of a plan to address a lack of competition for some road projects.

Grant Feltmate, executive director for the road builders' association, says the move comes at a time when competition has actually increased for road tenders because of a lack of work in neighbouring New Brunswick.

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