Transportation / Office of the Premier

St. Stephen - Calais international bridge officially opened (10/01/08)

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Jan. 8, 2010

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ST. STEPHEN (CNB) - A new international bridge, the third at St. Stephen / Calais, as well as a new port of entry for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have officially opened.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Shawn Graham and State of Maine representatives participated in a ceremony today at St. Stephen inside the new CBSA facility.

"This new highway and bridge make the flow of people and goods safer and more efficient, and they support our goal of self-sufficiency," Graham said. "Since 1999, New Brunswick has worked closely with the State of Maine to select a preferred corridor and border crossing location for this vital cross-border link. All levels of government have delivered on a project of which residents from both sides of the Canada-United States border can be proud."

A total of $93.4 million was invested through two federal-provincial highway agreements toward the construction of the Canadian half of the new international bridge and 23 km of four-lane highway between Waweig and St. Stephen. The provincial government invested $60.5 million, while the federal government invested the other $32.9 million.

"This new crossing is an important element of the Atlantic Gateway, and it is a critical element in this plan for economic growth and development throughout Atlantic Canada," said Graham.

The Maine Department of Transportation was responsible for the design and construction of the bridge, which crosses the St. Croix River. The project was awarded to Cianbro Corp. of Maine. The cost of the project was (US) $14.8 million.

"The new highway connections and bridge for this new, state-of-the-art border-crossing facility are the result of extraordinary co-operation on the national, state and provincial, and community levels," said Maine Governor John E. Baldacci. "This new link will enable more economical movement of people and goods long into the future."

The ceremony was also attended by David Jacobson, United States ambassador to Canada, and David Cole, transportation commissioner, State of Maine.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; Meg Lane, communications, Maine Department of Transportation, 207-624-3197.

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