Transportation

New twinned section of Route 1 opens (08/12/15)

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Dec. 15, 2008

ST. STEPHEN (CNB) - A new, twinned 23-kilometre section of Route 1 officially opened here today, marking another step toward the completion of the first new border crossing to the United States in Atlantic Canada in 30 years. The project was funded by the provincial and federal governments.

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The opening was attended by Premier Shawn Graham, Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson and Transportation Minister Denis Landry.

"The completion of this highway is another Charter for Change commitment that will bring forth very tangible results," said Graham. "It is an example of our self-sufficiency agenda at work, investing in strategic infrastructure between Calais-St. Stephen and Saint John that will develop the New Brunswick Energy Hub and make our province more competitive."

The new section runs between Church Street in St. Stephen and Route 127 at Waweig River. It is part of a larger project to complete the twinning and upgrade of Route 1, including the construction of a new border crossing and international bridge between St. Stephen and Calais, Maine, expected to open next summer.

"The federal government is investing in infrastructure to create a better network of highways to encourage job creation and to promote a strong working economy with our neighbours from the United States," said Thompson. "Our partnership in the completion of Route 1 serves as another example of how we are getting things done for Canadians."

The St. Stephen bypass will significantly reduce congestion in the town and at the two existing border crossings. It will also modernize the Canada-United States border through improved infrastructure, new technology and shared information for safe and efficient movement of goods and people.

"This project represents the kind of collaboration necessary to make our highways safer while also creating economic development opportunities," said Landry. "This major undertaking reflects a positive relationship between our governments that is making a difference for people and communities."

The St. Stephen bypass will significantly reduce congestion in the town and at the two existing border crossings. It will also modernize the Canada-United States border through improved infrastructure, new technology and shared information for safe and efficient movement of goods and people.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, press secretary, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286; Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5643; Chris Day, press secretary, Office of Transport and Infrastructure, 613-991-0700; media relations, Transport Canada, 613-993-0055.

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