April 8, 2008
PETERSVILLE (CNB) - Tenders for an additional 47 linear kilometres of wildlife fencing on Route 7 will be called in late April, Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Supply and Services Minister Jack Keir announced today.
The ministers announced the second phase of the wildlife fencing project while providing assistance to construction workers installing wildlife fencing on Route 7 in the Petersville Hill area.
The second phase of the project will result in an additional 47 linear kilometres of fence being installed, as well as five wildlife underpasses at four locations. In total, the wildlife fencing project on Route 7 is valued at over $7 million and stretches from the Broad Road to the Queens Brook area.
The first phase project, tendered in 2007, called for seven linear kilometres of fence to be installed on Route 7. Work on the first section of fence is nearing completion.
"Reducing moose-vehicle collisions Route 7 is a safety concern we've been able to address by working with our colleagues at CFB Gagetown," Landry said. "When we finish our fencing work at this wildlife collision hotspot this year, Route 7 will be safer for everyone who travels it."
The work to install wildlife fencing on Route 7 and sections of Route 8 and 11 in northern New Brunswick is part of the government's commitment to reduce collisions with moose by installing wildlife fencing at moose-vehicle collision hotspots around the province. A hotspot for moose-vehicle collisions is an area where more than 15 moose collisions have occurred over a five-year period, and at least twenty-five per cent of all the collisions that occur on the highway involve moose.
Between 2002 and 2006, 92 moose-vehicle collisions occurred on Route 7, including one fatality.
More than 300 New Brunswickers are involved in collisions with moose every year. Eighty-five per cent of these crashes happen between May and October, when moose leave the woods to escape the flies and heat and to feed on roadside vegetation. Most crashes happen at night when visibility is reduced and moose are hardest to see.
MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Burkhardt, director of communications, Transportation, 506-453-5634.