Drivers in the Hopewell area of Pictou County will have a smoother ride on Elgin Road after the completion of a paving project tendered by Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. The province has advertised a tender for repaving of Elgin Road from the intersection of Route 374 at Hopewell for 2.6 kilometres south to the intersection of Millstream Road. “This project is one of several road improvement projects scheduled in Pictou County this season,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The department is spending $143 million to improve Nova Scotia’s roads this year.” The tender will close on Thursday, Aug. 18. 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.