Dec. 22, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - New construction work has been announced as part of the Route 1 One Mile House Interchange Project in Saint John.
A contract valued at $2.57 million has been awarded to Debly Enterprises Ltd. of Saint John for grading and paving on the highway adjacent to westbound lanes of Route 1. Transportation Minister Denis Landry made the announcement today.
"This government is pleased to advance an important project that is geared to improving traffic access for commercial and industrial vehicles, and make the downtown commercial district of Saint John safer and more efficient," said Landry. "This construction activity during the winter also continues to put people to work and stimulate our economy."
Phase 2 of the project will continue during the winter. Fundy Contractors of St. George, and three subcontractors, are building the viaduct substructure. Work includes driving piles, construction of the north abutment (adjacent to the highway) and construction of a pier adjacent to Rothesay Avenue.
"Our government is proud to support such an important project, one that will have significant economic benefits for the City of Saint. John," said Greg Thompson, minister of veterans affairs and regional minister for New Brunswick.
The One Mile House interchange project, estimated at $65 million, is supported through the Canada-New Brunswick Strategic Infrastructure Fund Agreement. The scope of the project includes a 600-metre structure and associated ramps and roadways connecting Route 1 to Bayside Drive, crossing the CN rail yard, Marsh Creek and Rothesay Avenue. When completed in 2012, this interchange will improve access and traffic flow in the industrial area of Saint John, while reducing congestion from the downtown commercial district.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; Media Relations, Transport Canada, 613-993-0055.