Oct. 19, 2009
TRACADIE-SHEILA (CNB) - The completion of construction and opening of the Tracadie-Sheila to Six Roads bypass project was marked today by Premier Shawn Graham, Transportation Minister Denis Landry, and Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson.
"We've brought forward significant investments in our province's roads in order to create the infrastructure we need today to become self-sufficient tomorrow," said Graham. "This bypass project has created jobs and stimulated our economy in the short term, but will make this region both safer and more competitive in the future."
Construction on the bypass project began in 2006. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick funded the 8-kilometre route at an estimated cost of $24 million. The Government of Canada's investment of $8.9 million was from the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.
"Our government recognizes the important benefits that infrastructure investments have in boosting our economy and creating jobs," said Thompson. "The addition to the Tracadie-Sheila bypass will relieve traffic congestion and improve safety for all motorists in the area."
Seven contracts involving grading, paving and structure construction were awarded over the past three years through a competitive bid process to Aurele Mallais and Fils ltee, Caldwell and Ross Ltd., St. Isidore Asphalte ltee, Comeau and Savoie Construction Ltd., and Vail Civil Contractors Ltd. Work was completed on Oct. 9.
"We have delivered this project on schedule, and the individuals and companies involved can be very proud of the end result," said Landry. "This initiative will make a major difference in reducing accidents and congestion in the Losier Settlement area on the former Route 11."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, director of communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; Chris Day, press secretary, Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, 613-993-0055.