A rebuilding project scheduled for this summer in the West Branch area of Pictou County is the first step in a two-part plan to upgrade the road for area drivers. The province has advertised a tender for repaving of a section of West Branch Road from the intersection of Mackay Road, south for 3.9 kilometres toward West Branch. The West Branch Road serves as a direct link between the communities of West Branch and River John. “This is an important link for the residents of West Branch and River John and I’m happy to see it on this year’s schedule,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The remaining portion of this road will be considered for repaving in 2007.” 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.