Infrastructure project gears up on King George Highway (10/05/03)

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May 3, 2010

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Construction on the infrastructure improvements to the King George Highway in Miramichi will resume Tuesday, May 4, weather permitting.

The announcement was made by Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran.

The Department of Transportation awarded a contract to North Shore Construction Ltd., of Miramichi, to resurface a 3.6-km section between Dalton Avenue to the Cove Road. The value of the project is $1.05 million.

"The department has an ambitious construction schedule," said Landry. "With a third consecutive record capital budget of $439.3 million, the provincial government is helping create and support jobs today while boosting our economy. We are taking advantage of the early start to the construction season to build better roads and improve safety."

The contractor will start milling the King George Highway from Newcastle Boulevard to Cove Road on Tuesday, May 4. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to use the old King George Highway or Route 117 (Southside Bypass) as an alternate route.

"I am pleased to see an early start to the construction season ensuring this project is completed prior to the fast-approaching tourism season," said Foran. "The provincial government has taken action to keep traffic flowing smoothly on this heavily travelled stretch of highway with about $2.2 million invested to improve the King George Highway since 2007."


MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation. 506-453-5634.