Transportation

32.4 km of wildlife fencing to be erected in Madawaska County (09/10/30)

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Oct. 30, 2009

EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - Construction has begun on 32.4 km of wildlife fencing along the Trans-Canada Highway in Madawaska County, Transportation Minister Denis Landry announced today.

The fencing is being erected between the Edmundston neighbourhood of Saint-Basile and the Quisibis River.

"My department is investing nearly more than $1.1 million in this fencing and signage project," said Landry. "Eastern Fence Ltd. was awarded the tender out of four bidders. This fencing will improve safety and help reduce collisions between motorists and wildlife along this stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway, where 49 accidents have been reported during the last five years."

Landry noted that this project, when finished in 2010, will help the government surpass its goal in the Charter for Change to erect 300 km during its current mandate.

"My department's wildlife mitigation program has made a difference in making motorists feel safer," he said. "We have installed fencing where feasible in areas determined to be hot-spots for collisions. We have also invested in wildlife underpasses; brush clearing to improve sight lines; and in enhanced signage with flashing lights to remind people to be aware of the presence of moose, particularly when it is dark."

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

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