May 25, 2009
GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD (CNB) - The federal and New Brunswick governments are joining Grand Bay-Westfield in investing in a $5.4 million project to build a new collector road from Route 7 to the town.
Energy Minister Jack Keir, federal Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson and Grand Bay-Westfield Mayor Grace Losier made the announcement on Saturday, May 23.
"This new collector road will become a major piece of infrastructure for the residents of Grand Bay-Westfield and area, providing greater access to Highway 7," said Keir. "We are investing in infrastructure that will spur economic development, attract new employers to our province and promote tourism and culture, which play a vital role in achieving self-sufficiency."
Keir was attending on behalf of Finance Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also the minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"Stimulating our economy and keeping people working during these tough economic times is a top priority for our government," said Thompson. "This investment in a new collector road will do that and also improve local transportation for the long-term growth of the region."
The federal and provincial governments will provide funding for this initiative, which will involve the construction of the collector road from Highway 7 to downtown Grand Bay-Westfield, off Highland Road. The Village of Grand Bay-Westfield will also provide funding.
"The funding support announced today will allow our town to move forward with our plans in the downtown core so that we, too, may participate in the region's growth and future opportunities in a responsible and sustainable way," said Losier.
The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. The Province of New Brunswick is working closely with the federal government to ensure that these infrastructure funds are being spent on priorities in local communities.
More information about Canada's Economic Action Plan is online www.actionplan.gc.ca. Further information is available online www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Richard Roik. communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-995-6264; Chris Day, Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, 613-991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, 613-948-1148.