$8.6 million in road improvements in southwestern Miramichi (09/07/27)

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July 27, 2009

BOIESTOWN (CNB) - Highway infrastructure contracts in southwestern Miramichi valued at more than $8.6 million were announced by Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Human Resources Minister Rick Brewer. They were joined by Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny during a construction tour along Route 8.


Landry highlighted 17 km of construction being done along Route 8 this season. The project areas include: Mill Street to McCarty Flats Brook, McCarty Flats Brook to Porter's Cove Road, Molasses Hill and Howard Road, Four Mile Brook and McGivney, Carrolls Crossing Road and the River Road area, and a project near the York / Northumberland county line.

"It is gratifying to see so many different contractors be involved in our ambitious construction schedule that is delivering an economic stimulus and creating jobs," said Landry. "These projects along with our $34.9-million investment this year on the Route 8 Marysville-Nashwaak bypass demonstrate our commitment to improve this major highway that connects central and northern New Brunswick."

Route 108 will be improved this year with a $1-million realignment at South Branch Dungarvon Stream. A grading contract has been awarded to St. Isidore Asphalte Ltée, and Department of Transportation crews will chipseal the new section later this summer.

The current alignment of Route 108 passes over a large hill in the area that frequently causes problems for truck traffic, especially during the winter. The new alignment will bypass the hill, making passage in this area easier for all motorists.

"Route 108 between Renous and Grand Falls is essential to many motorists, and I am delighted to see our government invest another $6 million in targeted investments along this highway this year," said Brewer. "I am particularly pleased with construction of the new Salmon River Bridge, which will make a big difference for truckers."

Work will be carried out this summer on a $1.1-million culvert replacement at Four Mile Brook along with a $240,000 project to upgrade the Doyles Brook crossing on Route 118 in Nelson.

Funding for these projects come from the Department of Transportation's $385.8-million capital budget for 2009-10.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of contracts for highway work in southwestern Miramichi that have been awarded through public tender and the value of each project. MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.

Contracts awarded for work being done, and work completed in southwestern Miramichi:

North Shore Construction Ltd. ($2.34 million). Pave 4.6 km of Route 8, Molasses Hill toward Howard Road.

Monteith's Underground Services Ltd. ($1.58 million). Route 8 culvert replacement at Four Mile Brook. Grading and paving, 1.1 km.

Springhill Construction Ltd. ($1.32 million). Pave 3.6 km of Route 8, Mill Street area toward McCarty Flats Brook.

Springhill Construction Ltd. ($1.2 million). Pave 2.8 km of Route 8, Four Mile Brook area toward McGivney.

St. Isidore Asphalte Ltée ($1 million). Route 108 grading project, diversion at South Branch Dungarvon River.

Industrial Cold Milling (a division of Miller Group Inc.) ($937,000). Pave 2.6 km of Route 8 near the York / Northumberland county line and 1.2 km of Route 8 from McCarty Flats Brook area toward Porters Cove Road.

Les Excavations Losier Ltée ($240,000). Rehabilitation of Doyles Brook crossing.