Hopefully motorists on the Trans Canada Highway won’t have to put Nova Scotia’s newest road safety upgrade to the test, but it will be there to help protect them if they need it. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has advertised a tender for the installation of rumble strips on the shoulders of Highway 104, from Exit 3 near Amherst, for 99 kilometres to Exit 12, near Debert. Rumble strips are grooves cut into the pavement surface designed to produce sound and vibration when vehicles travel across them. They can alert drivers whose minds are wandering because of fatigue or distraction. “Highway 104 is a good place to run this pilot program because it’s a divided road through rural terrain with wide, paved shoulders,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The Highway 104 Western Alignment Corporation will pay for the portion that runs through its right-of-way.” 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.