A year after opening to traffic, the extension to the South Shore's Highway 30 is still passing through undeveloped land.
The towns along the highway's corridor were expecting major development to follow in the extension's wake, but that has yet to materialize.
A new report by an infrastructure consultancy unveiled today concludes that government action is urgently needed to realize the region's economic potential.
The authors and the local business and political communities are urging the provincial government to change some zoning laws and create the infrastructure necessary to transform the region into an international logistics and transportation hub.
The report states that the government should change the land from agricultural to industrial use, decontaminate much of it and improve access to the highway itself.
The government is also being urged to look at the region as a whole and develop a comprehensive development strategy for the entire region.