July 14, 2009
ST. GEORGE (CNB) - The provincial government is investing more than $7.5 million to improve transportation infrastructure in Charlotte County.
The investments were highlighted today by Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet while the two toured a construction site along Route 1.
"This government is acting on an ambitious agenda to put our record $385.8-million capital budget directly into the communities of New Brunswick," said Landry. "We are seeing tangible results already in how it is stimulating our economy while modernizing infrastructure. I am particularly proud of our investments in rural areas, which are key to our long-term economic and social agendas as a self-sufficient province."
The ministers visited a $1.7-million paving job for 9.1 km on Route 1 near St. George. St. Isidore Asphalte Ltée was the awarded the contract through a competitive bid process. The company is undertaking work on sections of Route 1 from Route 760 to Kelly Road and at the end of the current four-lane section in St. George toward Seeleys Cove Road.
"As our main link to the region's busiest border crossing into the United States, Route 1 plays a major role in economic growth throughout Atlantic Canada," said Doucet. "Improving this highway supports trade in the region and plays a major role in supporting the continued development of the New Brunswick energy hub."
Landry also announced a $2.9-million investment to pave 6.6 km of Route 3 in the Andersonville area between Route 630 and the Marshall Road. Lafarge Canada Inc. was awarded that tender.
The Department of Transportation is supporting three communities to improve sections of provincially designated highways within municipal limits.
The Town of St. Stephen will receive $1.25 million over a five-year agreement to reconstruct King Street. The Town of St. George is receiving $150,000 for work on Route 172 (Fundy Bay Drive from Mount Pleasant Road to Mascarene Road). The Village of Blacks Harbour is receiving $95,000 for storm sewer upgrades on Route 176.
The department is also investing $1.65 million in rural road infrastructure for chipsealing in Charlotte, St. John and Kings counties. This contract, awarded to Northern Construction Inc. includes 6.9 km on Deer Island, eight km in the St. George, Pennfield, Blacks Harbour areas and 26 km around St. Stephen.
The department is investing more than $1.5 million in ferry upgrades and refits along with improvements to wharfs and landings for the Grand Manan, Lady White Head, John E. Rigby and Deer Island Princess II vessels.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.