Transportation

Major investments in northern New Brunswick highways (08/08/29)

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Aug. 29, 2008

BURNSVILLE (CNB) - A major investment in northern New Brunswick highways is being made this summer by the Government of New Brunswick.

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Transportation Minister Denis Landry visited three of about 30 planned highway construction projects representing a total investment of more than $53 million.

"This year we are making the largest investment in northern New Brunswick highways in at least 15 years," said Landry. "This work is taking place on both high-volume highways and local roads as part of our work to build a better, self-sufficient New Brunswick by improving our highway infrastructure."

Landry said that support from Acadian Peninsula mayors for a proposed Route 11 bypass spanning 46 kilometres between Pokemouche and Janeville will ensure continued road construction in northern New Brunswick.

"As a result of their approval, we are now able to move forward with the pre-construction activities necessary to make the bypass a reality," Landry said. "This significant project is valued at more than $200 million, and will be an important catalyst for economic growth in the Acadian Peninsula."

Construction includes major work on Route 11, including $15 million for the Tracadie-Sheila to Six Roads bypass, six kilometres of paving in Caraquet, three kilometres of storm-sewer work on Route 11 in Grande-Anse, work on the Grande-Anse seawall to respond to erosion problems, improvements to the Turgeon Road interchange, and the reconfiguration of the Route 275 interchange. Nearly 17 kilometres of Route 8 between the Tabusintac River and Route 160 have also been paved.

Paving is also scheduled for Route 134 in the Belledune and Campbellton areas, Route 135 in the South Caraquet River area, Route 160 near the Tracadie River, and Route 180 from the rest area towards Johnson Brook.

"Some work in other regions of the province will also be of direct benefit to the north," Landry said. "In total, we will improve over 42 kilometres of Route 8 between Fredericton and Bathurst, and Route 11 will see improvements in the Miramichi area."

Routes 275, 313, 335, 340, 345, 363, and 365 are also being resurfaced, as are the Duguayville Road, Evergreen Road, Pacquetville Road, and Tilley Road. The department also plans to chipseal 91 kilometres of highway in the region.

The construction being carried out this summer is part of the Department of Transportation's capital budget, which is nearly $340 million in 2008-09. Excluding any payments as part of public-private partnerships, this is the largest transportation capital budget in New Brunswick history.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Burkhardt, director of communications, Transportation, 506-453-5634.

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