May 12, 2010
LOWER NORTON (CNB) - Construction begins today on a new bridge in Kings County.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry announced today that Modern Construction (1983) Ltd. of Moncton has won a contract to replace the Erbs Cove Bridge, on Route 850 in the Parish of Kingston, near Hampton.
"Two concrete box culverts will be installed and, as part of the contract, sections of Route 850 and the Ganong Road will be realigned and reconstructed," said Landry. "As part of our $1.6-billion Plan for a Stronger Economy, the provincial government is continuing to deliver new infrastructure that creates jobs and supports people and communities."
The value of the project is $1.65 million. Seven companies bid on the tender. To facilitate construction, service providers are now relocating their utility lines.
"We are replacing the existing built-up wood stringer bridge that was built in 1961 and has come to the end of its lifecycle," said Landry. "When completed, this new bridge and related work will be a major improvement for the area, because we are raising the elevation of the bridge and roadway, which is routinely affected by flood waters due to the spring freshet."
The completion date for the project is Aug. 14. Motorists are advised that a section of Route 850 will be closed during construction, resulting in some alternate routes for area residents and cottage owners. Detour signage will be installed.
The Erbs Cove Bridge replacement is funded from the Department of Transportation's $439.3- million capital budget, a third consecutive record budget. More than $1.3 billion has been invested or committed in the transportation network by the provincial government during the last four years.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation 506-453-5634.