Drivers in the Pictou Landing area will have a smoother, safer ride on Little Egypt Road as a result of a paving contract awarded by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded a $1,485,973 road-paving contract to Dexter Construction for repaving on Little Egypt Road from the intersection of Route 348 at Pictou Landing for 6.4 kilometres to the intersection of Hillside Road. Also included in this contract is paving on Woodlawn Drive, south of Durham, from the intersection of West River Road to its end. The cost of the work on Woodlawn Road will be shared by the province and the county. “The province is now putting the finishing touches on a very ambitious road improvement program for 2005-06,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This is an important project for the Pictou area and I’m pleased that it is being included in this year’s schedule.” 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 district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.