June 24, 2009
NEPISIGUIT (CNB) - Details concerning several road construction projects in the Chaleur region were released today by Transportation Minister Denis Landry at the department's maintenance division outside Bathurst. Nepisiguit MLA Cheryl Lavoie also attended the announcement.
Landry announced that seven separate contracts worth a total of $10.7 million have been awarded to St. Isidore Ashphalte Ltee following a competitive tender process. The projects will see paving to 32.1 kilometres of road.
"My department is continuing to move along at a brisk pace with construction activity in all corners of the province," said Landry. "As part of this government's stimulus plan, we are accelerating these projects to modernize our highways, put people to work, and support our economy."
Landry said that to date the Department of Transportation has awarded nearly 100 contracts, and has issued more than 80 per cent of the planned tenders for this construction season.
Lavoie said that residents in the Chaleur region will see very tangible benefits, and will enjoy a better, safer highway.
"Gloucester County has a large number of roadways, and I am thrilled with the investments being made on so many different routes," said Lavoie. "This type of infrastructure investment is also important from an economic development perspective, because it is helping retain our people while enticing others to return to New Brunswick."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of project areas included in these contracts. MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.
Project areas included in Chaleur-region contracts
Route 180 - Gloucester County line toward Caribou Mines Road - 6.9 km
Route 11 - Route 135 area toward Hornibrook Road - 5.5 km
Route 8 - Route 160 to Bass River #3 - 4.6 km
Route 134 - Foriens Brook area and Packard Brook to Bathurst city limits - 4.4 km
Route 160 to Allardville - 4.4 km
Route 135 - Canobie Cross Road Area - 4.2 km
Route 340 - Route toward H. Sealey Road - 2.1 km