Transportation

Construction schedule announced for King George Highway upgrades (09/10/09)

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Oct. 9, 2009

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - The construction schedule for further upgrades to the King George Highway in Miramichi were announced today by Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran.

Paving and milling activities on a 3.6-km stretch from Dalton Avenue to the Cove Road begins Monday, Oct. 12. The project, valued at $1.05 million, was awarded to North Shore Construction Ltd. of Miramichi.

"Our government is excited to be making further investments in this key transportation link," said Landry. "The King George Highway is a heavily used route for motorists, and is critically important for the efficient movement of people and commerce."

Foran said that this is the second provincially funded contract this year for the King George Highway. More than $513,000 was invested to pave portions between St. Samuels Street to Jessiman Boulevard, and Douglastown Boulevard to the ramp onto Route 8. That contract was also awarded to North Shore Construction Ltd., through a tender process.

"I am pleased that we have delivered continued progress to improve the King George Highway," said Foran. "We are making good on our commitments and priorities. Since taking office, we have invested more than $2.19 million over the last three capital construction seasons. This has been well-received by the municipality, the residents and the local business community."

Landry said that weather permitting, the completion date for this current project is Oct. 31. Motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route during this time.

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

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