May 19, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Government has awarded further contracts for the largest capital transportation project in New Brunswick this construction season.
Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement this morning during a site inspection at the Route 8 Marysville-Nashwaak bypass project. Graham was joined by Education Minister Kelly Lamrock and Fredericton-Silverwood MLA Rick Miles.
Graham announced that 10 clearing and grading contracts valued at about $11.9 million have been awarded by the Department of Transportation. Three grading and four bridge/overpass contracts will be tendered in the coming weeks.
"We clearly committed to addressing this important transportation and safety issue prior to taking office," said Graham. "I commend Transportation Minister Denis Landry on the aggressive schedule for how this bypass is being accelerated. It will be really positive to see this 36-kilometre stretch improve the flow of traffic in the Capital Region while helping motorists have better access to southwest Miramichi and northeast New Brunswick."
Graham said that it is impressive to see the progress made over the winter months after crews had done the necessary site preparation.
"This project has work underway, and as part of our government's efforts to support the economy, is putting people to work today," said Graham. "Our government's $1.2-billion economic stimulus plan is full of key infrastructure initiatives, such as the Route 8 Marysville-Nashwaak bypass, that create jobs and bolster economic development in helping New Brunswick respond to the current economic challenges."
Lamrock said that people in the Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak constituency are excited to see the project take shape, and that continued clearing work has been important to prepare the route for continued blasting activity and grading.
"The people of Greater Fredericton had reason to be skeptical after hearing 30 years of announcements and promises," said Lamrock. "This government is delivering action and results. Completion of this bypass will make the residential community of Marysville safer, while giving the trucking community a more efficient route."
Originally set for completion in 2015, the plan is now to have the bypass route finished sooner. The project is estimated at $124 million, and is partially funded by the Government of Canada.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The list of contracts awarded through public tender for work being done, or completed, follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.
Contracts awarded for work being done, and work completed