TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS--Connector Open for Traffic ----------------------------------------------------------------- Transportation and Public Works Minister Don Downe cut the ribbon this morning officially opening Captain John Gorham Boulevard. The connector links Sackville to Bedford via Glendale Avenue and Duke Street. "This route satisfies a number of objectives," said Mr. Downe. "It not only provides a link between the communities of Bedford and Sackville, but it gives convenient access to Highway 102 for both industrial parks in these communities, and for residents, it alleviates much of the heavy traffic through their neighbourhoods." "This is a good day for area business, residents and commuters who have long been asking for a second link here," said Mayor Walter Fitzgerald of the Halifax Regional Municipality. "The Captain John Gorham Boulevard covers a short distance but goes a long way in meeting a number of important needs for Bedford and Sackville." The connector was named by the Northwest Community Council, which sought public input for a name that had significance to the Bedford/Sackville area. Captain John Gorham Boulevard honours a man who came to the area in September 1749 to build Fort Sackville, around which Bedford/Sackville grew as a permanent settlement. Captain John Gorham Boulevard was a five-year $10-million project. Initial survey work began in 1993, construction on structures was under way by 1995, and grading and paving through 1996-97 completed the highway. -30- Contact: Laura Lee Langley Public Affairs and Communications Transportation and Public Works 902-424-8687 E-mail: Don Feeney Construction manager Transportation and Public Works 902-424-5328 ngr Nov. 5, 1997 9:40 a.m.