May 4, 2010
ST. STEPHEN (CNB) - The provincial government has awarded about $4.7 million in contracts for phases 2 and 3 of a new Department of Transportation maintenance facility in St. Stephen.
Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement today during a tour of the construction site, located on Church Street in the St. Stephen Industrial Park. Graham was accompanied by Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty, Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet.
"New Brunswickers depend on a transportation network that moves people and goods safely and efficiently," said Graham. "The Department of Transportation plays an important role in many communities, and this major presence in the St. Stephen area will help promote safety and the economic growth that will enable us to keep our young people here at home and become a self-sufficient province."
Construction of a heavy equipment shop and maintenance depot was awarded to Simpson Building Contractors Ltd. of Fredericton for more than $3.6 million. The facility is to be completed by next March.
CNF Mallet ltée of Shippagan was the successful bidder to build new salt and sand storage facilities. The $949,000 contract is to be completed this spring.
A tender for a fuel dispensing system has been awarded to Phoenix Petroleum Ltd. of Fredericton for $153,500; work is to start this summer.
"Awarding these tenders represents a key milestone in advancing this project," said Doherty. "This facility is a major investment that will improve services for the residents of St. Stephen and the Charlotte County region."
Phase 1 involved site preparation, construction of an access road and utilities. Fundy Contractors Ltd. of St. George won the contract, worth almost $2 million.
"This state-of-the-art, 12-bay building will house the vehicle repair, carpentry and signage operations as well as the highway maintenance division in the region," said Landry. "Crews currently work out of mobile trailers, and the repair facility is an outdated, two-bay garage. The new facility will mean a great deal for our staff, and it will assist them in providing highway maintenance to the public."
The St. Stephen highway division is responsible for more than 400 km of roads and the repair facility is responsible for a fleet of 120 vehicles. A future tender will be called for the new administration building after the design phase is completed.
"This work is great news for all of Charlotte County," said Doucet. "This project makes the industrial park more accessible and attractive for jobs and investment, and it will keep traffic moving through this area. Safety on the 18,600-km provincial highway system is the provincial government's top priority, and this facility will be home for operations and equipment to be mobilized year-round."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903.