July 10, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - Construction projects worth more than $50 million for southeast New Brunswick were announced today by Transportation Minister Denis Landry.
Landry made the announcement during a site visit where $6.3 million is being invested to realign the westbound lanes of the Route 2 / Route 134 interchange in Moncton. Additional contracts will be called and awarded this season.
"As part of the Plan for a Stronger Economy, our government is delivering on a $1.2-billion stimulus package to modernize our infrastructure, create jobs and support our economy during these difficult economic times," said Landry. "The Department of Transportation's record $385.8-million capital budget for this year is making a difference for families and communities across the province."
Landry also released a list of 21 other contracts that have been awarded following a competitive bid process, and announced $4.86 million for chip sealing to 61 routes, as well as $1.4 million for projects that will involve small bridges and large culverts.
Some of the construction activity in Moncton and the southeast region includes:
Landry also highlighted the $4.3-million rehabilitation of the Richibucto River Bridge No. 1, rehabilitation work being undertaken on the south branch of the St. Nicholas River, and several paving and road upgrades totalling 69.2 kilometres on routes 126, 134, 505, 535, 515, 116, 470, 465, and 475 in Kent County.
Also of note is a 7.3-kilometre paving project on Route 106 in the Salisbury area. It is one of five contracts in New Brunswick this year where an innovative, environmentally friendly warm-mix asphalt product is being used.
More than $4.1 million is being provided by the Department of Transportation to the municipalities of Moncton, Buctouche, Sackville, Cap-Pelé, Rexton, Saint-Antoine, Salisbury and Shediac for construction projects on designated highways.
"By providing better, safer roads for everyday traffic, industry and tourists, this government is investing in the long term growth of our province," said Landry.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.