Drivers in Antigonish and Richmond counties will soon be travelling on smoother and stronger roads thanks to two paving tenders called by the province. The tenders, both of which close on Thursday, June 12, are: Richmond County — to repave Trunk 4 from the intersection of Black River Road, east for 7.9 kilometres to the intersection of South Side River Bourgeois Road and from the River Tillard Bridge west for 0.5 kilometre to the intersection of Highway 104. Also included is repaving of the Highway 104/Trunk 4 connector at Exit 47. Antigonish County — to repave Route 245 from the Antigonish town line west for about 7.8 kilometres. “We’re off and running on a busy road construction season in Nova Scotia,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Spending money on our highways pays dividends by improving the flow of product and people throughout the province.” This project is part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure. The department’s 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.