Oct 1, 2009
ST. STEPHEN (CNB) - Construction will soon resume on a new Department of Transportation office and repair shop in St. Stephen. Transportation Minister Denis Landry announced today that a tender has been called for Phase II of the project.
"I am happy to see progress on this very important project," said Landry. "We plan to award the tender this fall, with construction to start immediately. This facility, which will serve Charlotte County, will be located in the St. Stephen Industrial Park. It will be completed over three phases."
The tender, administered by the Department of Supply and Services, includes the construction of a 12-bay building to house the repair, carpentry and signage operations as well as the highway maintenance division in the region.
The former office and repair shop in St. Stephen were condemned in 2002 and demolished in 2004.
"This is welcome news for residents throughout Charlotte County," said Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. "I am delighted to see the Transportation Department has such a major presence in Charlotte County and is investing in the type of facility needed to continue a high level of service."
Doucet was speaking on behalf of Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty.
Phase I is complete. Fundy Contractors Ltd. of St. George won the contract worth almost $2 million. The company undertook site preparation and utility construction. It also built an access road to the site.
Phase III will involve the construction of an office building for administrative staff, a salt/sand storage site and fuel dispensing machines. Phase III will also involve final paving, landscaping and fencing. A tender for Phase III will be issued next year, with construction to be completed by fall 2010.
"In addition to providing a larger and modernized facility, the location will enable our district staff to carry out transportation operations in Charlotte County more efficiently," said Landry.
The St. Stephen highway division is responsible for more than 400 km of roadway; the St. Stephen repair facility is responsible for a fleet of 120 vehicles. The office provides clerical support to highway, shop, bridge, ferry and construction operations as well as payroll functions for 400 employees.
MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Frye, communications, Department of Transportation 506-444-5838.