March 8, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has selected the Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. as the preferred proponent for the Route 1 Gateway Project. Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement today.
"The New Brunswick Highway Corporation completed a thorough evaluation of the technical and financial bid submissions received through the request for proposals," said Graham. "Officials will now discuss final agreements with Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. as our plan is to have construction begin this summer."
The financial details of the project will be released when the agreements are signed. The project will be jointly funded by the provincial and federal governments.
"This project will improve traffic flow and make Route 1 safer and more efficient," said Energy Minister Jack Keir on behalf of Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "As a cornerstone in the province's Self-Sufficiency Action Plan, this investment will bolster trade and tourism and benefit the entire Atlantic Region. Construction activity will deliver jobs, an economic stimulus and lasting infrastructure that supports economic growth for New Brunswick."
When an agreement is reached, the developer/operator will complete Route 1 as a four-lane highway. Fifty-five kilometres will be constructed between Waweig and Lepreau including:
Other upgrades to improve safety, quality and efficiency on this trade corridor include:
Construction is expected to be completed by July 31, 2013. The developer/operator will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of 235 km of Route 1 between St. Stephen and River Glade, beginning June 1, 2011, until June 2040.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland or Jean Bertin, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.