Trans-Canada Highway project receives national award (08/11/27)

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Nov. 27, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The project to complete the four-lane Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) has once again received national recognition.

The Department of Transportation along with the Brun-Way Group were presented with a silver award in the infrastructure category by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

"This project has served as a model for other highway infrastructure projects in Canada," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "The TCH is the backbone of the Atlantic region's economy. It serves the transportation needs of New Brunswick; is the major east-west link between the Atlantic provinces and the rest of Canada; and is a north-south link to the United States."

The National Awards for Innovation and Excellence ceremony is held annually in Toronto as part of the council's national conference.

"Brun-Way brought together a made-in-New Brunswick approach with local engineering firms and contractors supported by world-class engineering and project management through the SNC-Lavalin Group in a business model designed to maximize economic benefits," said Robert Tozer, president and chief executive officer of Atcon Group. "More than a dozen New Brunswick firms were part of the team and can be very proud of what they have achieved."

The project officially opened on Nov. 1, 2007, on time and on budget. In 27 months, 98 kilometres of new four-lane highway were constructed and 128 kilometres of existing TCH were updated. The project also involved 40 structures and four major bridges. The cost was $544 million.

"The project was a unique opportunity to have a positive impact on the cornerstone of the New Brunswick economy while also providing for safer travel in the region," said Romeo Poitras, Brun-Way's manager responsible for operations, maintenance and rehabilitation. "The working relationship formed with the highly professional team at the Department of Transportation is a model in public-private partnership collaboration."

The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, a national non-partisan, non-profit organization, established the National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in 1998.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; Angela Kennedy, communications co-ordinator, Brun-Way Highways Operations Inc., 506-474-7750.