$11.8 million awarded in new contracts for Welsford-Nerepis bypass (09/12/15)

NB 1997

Dec. 15, 2009

WELSFORD (CNB) - Two contracts worth $11.8 million have been awarded as construction continues on the Route 7 Welsford-Nerepis bypass. Transportation Minister Denis Landry made the announcement today.

Redem Construction Ltd. of Rusagonis won the tender to construct a viaduct on Route 7. The value of the work is more than $8.1 million. Six companies submitted bids.

Debly Enterprises Ltd. of Saint John won a tender for work on a 2.6-km stretch on Route 101 to the transmission line near Route 7. The value of the contract is more than $3.7 million. Nine companies submitted bids.

"As part of New Brunswick's Plan for a Stronger Economy, we are creating jobs and making key investments in our transportation network to improve the flow of people and goods," said Landry. "The Route 7 Welsford-Nerepis bypass is delivering immediate benefits and will help provide motorists and truckers with a modern, safe route."

The project is part of the Department of Transportation's 2009-10 capital budget.

"Our government is proud to support such an important project - one that will have significant economic benefits for Welsford and surrounding communities," said Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson.

In October, two grading contracts valued at $12.6 million were awarded to advance Phase 1 of construction. Three contracts for clearing work were awarded in early 2009.

The total project cost for Phase 1 is $29.2 million. The Government of Canada will contribute $13.5 million under the Canada-New Brunswick Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund Agreement.

The Welsford area is the only segment of Route 7 that has not been extensively upgraded or bypassed by a new highway alignment. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2012.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; media relations, Transport Canada, 613-993-0055.