Transportation

New bridge near Scoudouc officially opened (09/11/30)

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Nov. 30, 2009

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(Multimedia)

MEADOW BROOK (CNB) - A new transportation link in southeast New Brunswick was officially opened today.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a newly constructed bridge on Route 132 toward Scoudouc.

"As part of our Plan for a Stronger Economy, the Government of New Brunswick continues to make infrastructure improvements and investments in road safety," said Landry. "Through two consecutive record capital budgets, we are delivering an economic stimulus in communities across the province."

The new bridge is close to Route 2/Route 132 near Dieppe, and carries realigned traffic over the Canadian National Railway line. The two-lane structure has a total span of 40 metres. It replaces a 48-year-old bridge that has been decommissioned.

"This is an exciting development for the thousands of motorists who drive this highway on a daily basis," said LeBlanc. "This bridge replacement project is another example of our government working to provide a safe and efficient road network so drivers can get to their homes, jobs and local businesses safely."

The contract valued at more than $3.7 million was awarded to Caldwell and Ross Ltd. of Fredericton. The project also included the construction of new approaches to the bridge.

Landry said that during the past three construction seasons the Department of Transportation has invested more than $906 million in critical projects across New Brunswick.

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

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