July 14, 2009
ROTHESAY (CNB) - Seventeen road and highway projects for Greater Saint John and Kings County were announced today by Transportation Minister Denis Landry, Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson and Saint John East MLA Roly MacIntyre. The projects are valued at more than $24.6 million.
"To support the economy and ensure people are working, my department has been efficient in getting projects tendered and awarded as quickly as possible," said Landry. "As part of our government's stimulus plan, we wanted to deliver these critical funds so that industry can plan its equipment and staffing for the season."
Construction is underway at the Highland Road interchange near Grand Bay-Westfield: it is a $1.25-million project for grading on four highway ramps.
A total of $3.36 million is being invested to pave 5.9 km of Route 7 between the hydro line area and the Route 102 interchange; as well as 3.7 km of Route 177 from the Route 7 overpass to Saint John city limits.
Another $574,000 is being invested to pave 3.6 km of Route 7 between Harry Lyons Road and Welsford.
Three contracts have been awarded for clearing activities for the planned 10-kilometre, $70-million Welsford bypass (Route 7).
More than $1 million is being invested in three bridge rehabilitation projects in the Westfield and Musquash areas. The Cunningham Creek Bridge No. 2 and Deep Lake Outlet No. 1 bridges are on Route 7; both were built in 1985. Upgrades are being made to the 15-year-old Perch Brook No. 1 crossing on Waterford Road.
Landry also announced a $1.24-million project to pave 3.6 km of the westbound lanes of Route 1 from the Ashburn Lake Road area toward the Harbour Bridge. The second phase of the estimated $55-million One Mile Interchange is scheduled. Contracts will be awarded in the coming weeks. Phase 1, consisting of a $3.7-million grading and pier project, has finished.
"Route 1 is one of New Brunswick's busiest highways and continued investments will help and improve the flow of people and goods and benefit urban and rural communities," said Landry. "To this end, we will be completing Route 1 as a four-lane highway. Three proponents have qualified for the request for proposals to twin 55 km between Saint John and St. Stephen and operate, maintain and rehabilitate the entire stretch from the New Brunswick / United States Border to Route 2 at River Glade."
Funding for these initiatives comes from the $385.8-million Department of Transportation capital budget for 2009-10.
"It is encouraging to see so many improvements to our transportation system," said Jamieson. "These are very positive for southern New Brunswick and will be a catalyst in providing the necessary infrastructure to support the future development of the New Brunswick energy hub and related growth potential."
Motorists in the Upham area will see a new bridge across the Hammond River and a small highway realignment on Route 111. The value is estimated at $3.9 million.
As part of the Fundy Scenic Drive, Route 111 brings visitors to the area that support small and medium businesse in the tourism industry and employ local people in many rural communities, including St. Martins and Sussex, Jamieson said.
Other projects include:
Landry also announced funding for municipalities to undertake projects under the designated highways program. They include:
EDITOR'S NOTE: The list of contracts awarded through public tender was given to the media on site. MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.