April 7, 2009
INKERMAN (CNB) - The Government of New Brunswick has announced that it will be proceeding with a $200-million, 46-kilometre bypass on the Acadian Peninsula.
Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement this morning at a business breakfast hosted by Enterprise Peninsule. He was joined by Transportation Minister Denis Landry, who is also regional minister for the Acadian Peninsula.
"The new alignment of Route 11 from the Pokemouche area to Janeville will provide a better transportation link to and from the northeast," said Graham. "This project will greatly improve traffic flow on the Acadian Peninsula, and help spur on economic development opportunities."
The new alignment will be a two-lane route with interchanges and grade separations. The Department of Transportation has been carrying out pre-construction activities, including planning and design work. Conceptual plans will be brought forward by the department in a public information session this fall, with construction beginning as early as 2013.
"The new Route 11 alignment will shorten the time for traffic travelling from the Acadian Peninsula to Bathurst and beyond," said Landy. "The department has been doing its due diligence conducting surveys and identifying all land acquisition and environmental issues that need to be addressed prior to construction. I am certain that people in this region are looking forward to seeing the proposed alignment, and giving their comments."
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.