April 6, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - A plan to launch the twinning of Route 11 from Moncton to Miramichi was announced today in Moncton by Premier Shawn Graham. As part of government's efforts to support the economy, Graham said that he is committed to this significant infrastructure project.
"This is a major undertaking valued at about $942 million," said Graham. "The twinning of Route 11 from Moncton to Miramichi will be conducted in phases, starting in southeast New Brunswick, where there has been rapid growth."
Graham told business and community leaders that Phase 1 of modernizing this part of the province's transportation network will take place between Route 15 at Shediac and the Girouardville Road in Bouctouche. This phase would involve more than 35 kilometres of highway twinning, the twinning four major river crossings, and the upgrading of a number of interchanges. This section is currently experiencing daily traffic volumes ranging from 6,600 vehicles at the Bouctouche end to more than 10,000 vehicles at the Shediac end.
The proposed alignment will be presented by Department of Transportation officials at an informal public information session this month.
Phase 2 will involve the twinning of a 21-kilometre stretch between Bouctouche and the Richibouctou River. Preconstruction activities have begun, and the Department of Transportation is preparing for a public presentation this fall. Transportation Minister Denis Landry said that after that, officials will be completing the necessary preconstruction work from the Richibouctou River to Miramichi.
Phase 3 involves the twinning of 65 kilometres of highway and several bridges and interchanges.
"I am excited about these major investments and how they will benefit people and communities while contributing to our shared goal of achieving self-sufficiency," said Landry. "These initiatives will help improve the safety of these routes, along with the flow of people and goods."
Graham said that he is hopeful that the Government of Canada will be supportive of these initiatives, noting that federal members from the affected communities have an important role to play in leveraging the funding necessary to advance these projects.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286.