Work begins on new bridge on Route 108 (09/05/20)

NB 705

May 20, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Construction will begin this week on a new bridge on Route 108 between New Denmark and Drummond.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry, in making the announcement today, said the project will help launch the 2009 construction season once spring weight restrictions end.

The Department of Transportation awarded the contract to Dunbar Construction Ltd. of Fredericton. The company was selected in an open tender process, having submitted a bid of about $4.18 million.

"I know this particular project has been a major focus for my colleagues and for members of the business community between Miramichi and Grand Falls," said Landry. "All have expressed themselves on the need to have this bridge replaced so weight restrictions for trucks may be increased. I am pleased to announce that this project is moving forward."

The structure will replace Salmon River Bridge No. 3, which was built in 1949. The new bridge will be built immediately upstream from the existing crossing and will be almost 22 metres longer and 2.5 metres wider. The wider roadway and the inclusion of a sidewalk will make this a safer crossing for motorists.

The new bridge is scheduled to be open to traffic in August 2010. The existing bridge will remain in service until then.

The project will also involve the realignment of 200 metres of the Salmon River water channel about 50 metres to the north. This work is being done to prevent soil erosion area along the river bank. The realignment of the river is to be finished by the end of August.

Funding for this project comes from the $385.8 million capital budget of the Department of Transportation for 2009-10. It is part of the provincial government's $1.2 billion capital infrastructure action plan.


MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.