Transportation

New communications tower planned for Acadian Peninsula (09/09/30)

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Sept. 30, 2009

LAMÈQUE (CNB) - A 91-m (300-ft.) tower will be erected in the Lamèque Industrial Park to improve wireless communications for police and ambulances as well as the Department of Transportation and other provincial departments and agencies in the Lamèque / Île Miscou area. The Department of Transportation will issue a tender for construction in the coming weeks.

"This tower will provide better coverage for the coastal areas of Caraquet and Shippagan toward Tracadie," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "It will also have benefits for our department's future provincial wireless initiative, which will result in a common radio network for emergency first responders."

The existing tower is 24 m (80 ft.) high and located adjacent to the department's maintenance facility in Lameque. A recent structural analysis, following Canada Standards Association guidelines, recommended the erection of a larger, more stable tower better suited to the winter conditions to which the region is susceptible.

Objections to the proposed tower should be forwarded to The Department of Transportation, radio communications section - by telephone, 506-453-3393, or by e-mail, bruce.grandy@gnb.ca - by Friday, Oct. 16. Notices have been sent to property owners near the proposed site.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Transportation, 506-453-5634.

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