Nov. 16, 2009
DALHOUSIE (CNB) - The foundation for the new Dalhousie Correctional Centre will be poured in the coming weeks now that a construction contract for $1.1 million has been awarded to Pomerleau Inc.
"Our government is committed to providing leadership for a stronger economy through investments in strategic infrastructure," said Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty. "Two phases of work, valued at $569,000, have been completed since this project was announced in May. We are on track to complete the project in the spring of 2011."
The facility, located on Miller Boulevard in Dalhousie, will cover 3,857 sq. metres (41,501 sq. feet) and include five accommodation units, each containing 10 cells. Other areas will include admitting and discharge, medical services, program rooms, secure visitation, food services and facilities for administration and staff.
Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran said the facility will also increase capacity for adult offenders. It will have 100 beds, compared to the 30 at the current facility in Dalhousie.
"By building this facility, our government is dealing with the crowding challenges we face in the adult correctional system," Foran said.
Doherty and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also the minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Initiative, visited the construction site last week.
"This project represents an infrastructure investment in excess of $16 million that will benefit our community in a number of important ways," said Arseneault. "With it comes more than 150 jobs during construction, 47 new permanent positions when the facility is operational, about $400,000 in annual property tax revenues to the municipality, and a number of other benefits to our local economy.
"Dalhousie has faced many hardships as of late, but projects such as this one create an important base for revitalization of the local economy. Our government will continue to work with this community to identify opportunities to strengthen its economic position and its ability to assist us in building a self-sufficient New Brunswick."
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903.