As Bedford Coun. Tim Outhit puts it, Tuesday was a big day for commuters.

Halifax regional council OK’d the sale of 168 acres of land to the province to build the Burnside Sackville Expressway, a bypass on the Highway 107.

“This one has been discussed for 20-plus years,” said Mayor Peter Kelly.

The sale agreement requires the province to complete the roadway extension of Akerley Boulevard, by Dec. 31, 2014.

Kelly wouldn’t say what they sold land for until the sale is finalized, but he said it was market value. The money will go into Burnside Industrial Park fund.

“It’s great news for the people of Bedford and Sackville,” said Outhit.

The five-kilometre roadway will divert traffic from Dartmouth Road and Magazine Hill, and allow truck traffic from Burnside to Highway 102 and beyond.

But the expressway will also provide access to the Burnside’s Phase 13 – meaning more development in the business park.

Sue Mckeage, spokeswoman for transportation and infrastructure renewal, said the cost of the entire project is $52 million ‘ $17 million of which comes from federal funding.

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