Sept. 5, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Traffic is now moving on the new northeast ramp of the Westmorland Street Bridge.
Premier Shawn Graham, Transportation Minister Denis Landry, Education Minister Kelly Lamrock, and T.J. Burke, minister of justice and attorney general, officially opened the ramp to traffic today.
"The construction of the northeast bridge ramp is vital to growth and development in the City of Fredericton, and will be a contributor to New Brunswick's future self-sufficiency," Graham said.
Construction on the bridge began in 1976, and it officially opened to traffic in 1981. It was constructed to accommodate a future off-ramp to the eastbound Riverside Drive in Fredericton North.
"This highly anticipated project will greatly improve traffic flows on Fredericton's north side by reducing traffic volumes on Union Street and improving traffic flows from the bridge to Cliffe Street," Landry said.
Construction of the $4.1-million project began in 2007. The contract was awarded to Dunbar Construction. The new ramp is constructed with a concrete topping slab that will reduce maintenance and does not require an asphalt surface.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, press secretary, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286; Tracey Burkhardt, director of communications, Transportation, 506-453-5634.