Nova Scotia drivers, flyers, and taxpayers will benefit from smoother pavement as a result of a maintenance contract awarded by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded a $284,415 contract to Road Savers Maritimes Limited for concrete patching, crack filling, and crack sealing on various roads in Colchester and Pictou counties as well as on the runways at the Debert Airport and on the toll plaza at Cobequid Pass. In total the tender amounts to 60 kilometres of improved pavement. The Cobequid Pass portion of the contract will be paid for by the Highway 104 Western Alignment Corporation. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is responsible for the work at the Debert Airport. “Timely maintenance on these roads and facilities will prevent larger construction costs later on,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This contract will make these surfaces smoother and extend their useful life.” 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.