Sept. 8, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The beginning of construction for Phase 2 of the One Mile House Interchange was marked today by a site visit from Transportation Minister Denis Landry, Saint John MP Rodney Weston, Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson, Saint John Mayor Ivan Court, and Saint John-Lancaster MLA Abel Leblanc.
Details of two tenders recently awarded by the Department of Transportation were released during the visit. Fundy Contractors Ltd. of St. George was the selected bidder to build the viaduct substructure for the project, with the work valued at more than $31.5 million, and K-Line Construction Ltd. of Woodstock was the selected bidder to undertake work to relocate utilities, with the work valued at more than $291,000.
"We are accelerating this important project that will help continue to stimulate the economy and create jobs," said Landry. "When it is complete, the One Mile House Interchange will improve the flow of traffic, particularly for industrial businesses in the City of Saint John."
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are working together to improve transportation infrastructure across the province. Construction of the One Mile House Interchange represents an estimated total investment of $65 million, including related costs. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $27.6 million toward the project, as per a contribution agreement under Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.
"Our government is investing in infrastructure projects such as the Route 1 One Mile House Interchange to boost the economy, create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve safety and services to the region," said Weston. "We are working with the Province of New Brunswick to keep our economy moving through tough times, and ensure that we emerge stronger than ever."
Phase 1 of the project was completed this spring, with Gulf Operators Ltd. of Saint John doing grading road work and soil stabilization valued at more than $3.7 million.
The project includes a 600-metre structure and associated ramps and roadways that will connect Route 1 to Bayside Drive, and cross the CN rail yard, Marsh Creek and Rothesay Avenue.
The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2012.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; media relations, Transport Canada, 613-993-0055.