Sept. 19, 2008
NEGUAC (CNB) - A new 30-metre-long bridge will be installed on the Hay Island causeway this fall.
Premier Shawn Graham, Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Local Government Minister Carmel Robichaud were in Neguac today to launch the $1-million project.
As part of the work, two 2.1-metre steel pipes that were installed in 1979 will be replaced by the new bridge. The new bridge will provide for more tidal flushing, and is expected to benefit the shellfish industry by improving water quality in Neguac Lagoon and Neguac Bay.
"Replacing these aging culverts with a bridge is a practical demonstration of how we can renew New Brunswick's infrastructure and contribute to the province's environmental sustainability," Graham said.
Department of Transportation forces will begin the project at the end of October, and expect to have the work finished within two to three months.
"My department is looking forward to undertaking this project, which will contribute to the community and to the environment," Landry said.
Funding for the project was included in 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.
MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Burkhardt, director of communications, Transportation, 506-453-5634.