Oct. 2, 2009
MEMRAMCOOK (CNB) - A new bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway will be open to traffic as early as Monday. It will replace the Memramcook River #5 Bridge (north), built in 1960.
"This three-span, concrete beam structure will carry Route 2 westbound traffic over the Memramcook River and the CN Rail line in the Parish of Dorchester," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "The contract also included the decommissioning of the existing bridge along with erosion-control measures."
Fundy Contractors Ltd. of St. George won the tender over five other companies who bid. The $6.3-million project, which also involved eight sub-contractors, was done over two construction seasons.
"Our government has put an emphasis on making our roads and bridges safer and more efficient," said Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc. "There is a high volume of traffic in this area, and I thank the people of southeastern New Brunswick for their patience and co-operation with the detours and traffic diversions in this area."
Landry also gave an update on two other major projects in Greater Moncton. Construction of two bridges at Cooks Brook/CNR overpass connecting routes 2 and 134 along with associated paving to the Mapleton Road is scheduled to be completed in November. This work is valued at $9.3 million. The paving of 10.7 km on Route 15 (eastbound lanes from Botsford Street to the Painsec Junction railroad overpass) on Route 2 should be completed during the week of Thanksgiving. The value of this project is more than $3 million.
"These are very positive projects that have delivered jobs and an economic stimulus as part of our record-breaking capital budgets during the last two years," said Landry.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.