Jan. 4, 2010
DEER ISLAND (CNB) - A $1.7-million underwater dredging project aimed at enhancing ferry service between Letete and Deer Island has been awarded to R.J.MacIsaac Construction Ltd. Work will begin this month in the Goat's Point area.
Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet made the announcement today on behalf of Transportation Minister Denis Landry.
"This is an important step forward, and demonstrates the Government of New Brunswick's commitment to providing a safe and reliable ferry service to the residents and community of Deer Island," said Doucet. "This dredging work will support consistency in the delivery of ferry service to the island, and will help to minimize delays in operation caused by extreme low tides."
Doucet said that the department will work closely with the contractor to co-ordinate a project work schedule.
"This investment will not only enhance day-to-day ferry operations, it also ensures the service can function safely in emergency situations," said Doucet. "We are pleased to be delivering a project that strengthens the island's connection to the mainland, which is a major priority for the people of Deer Island."
Funding for this project, which is to be completed this winter, will come from the department's $385.8 million capital budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Matthew Frye or Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.