May 3, 2010
POINTE-DU-CHÊNE (CNB) - Construction begins today on a new bridge in Pointe-du-Chêne.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau announced on Saturday, May 1, that a tender has been awarded to Modern Construction Ltd. of Moncton, from among four bidders. The contract is worth $1.8 million.
"The existing wood stringer bridge on Pointe-du-Chêne Road was built in 1963 and has come to the end of its lifecycle," said Landry. "It is being replaced with a three-pipe culvert system. Local priorities like this new bridge help connect people with communities, deliver lasting infrastructure to benefit all New Brunswickers, builds our economy and creates jobs."
The bridge will be closed at 8:30 a.m., on Monday, May 3, until June 28. During construction, traffic will be detoured around the work site by way of Brydges Street and the Parlee Beach Road.
When the bridge work is completed, the Pointe-du-Chêne Road will be re-opened to traffic. However, lane closures are scheduled until July 17 because a portion of the road will also be paved.
"The provincial government realizes the importance of maintaining access to area businesses and to the wharf," said Boudreau. "I commend the Department of Transportation for setting out an aggressive schedule to get the new bridge completed as quickly as possible to minimize the impact on our tourism season.
"This project demonstrates our government's commitment to contribute to the self-sufficiency of South East New Brunswick," Boudreau said. "I thank the residents and area stakeholders who attended the Transportation Department's open house, and for adding their support for this important work to be done."
Detour signs will be posted for motorists looking to drive onto the Pointe-du-Chêne Wharf and will also displayed at the Greenwood Drive / Pointe-du-Chêne Road and the Brydges Street / Pointe-du-Chêne Road intersections.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.