May 19, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has awarded a contract valued at more than $514,000 to HBH Paving Ltd. of Island View to repave the Westmorland Street Bridge.
Environment Minister Rick Miles, Finance Minister Greg Byrne and Attorney General Kelly Lamrock made the announcement on behalf of Transportation Minister Denis Landry.
"As part of our $1.6-billion Plan for a Stronger Economy, this government is delivering important infrastructure upgrades to the Westmorland Street Bridge," said Miles. "Construction will be starting in the coming days. When completed, motorists will notice a major difference and will enjoy a smoother driving surface."
The paving, which will total 800 m, will not be scheduled on southbound lanes during the morning commute or on northbound lanes during the evening.
"Drivers can expect to see crews on the bridge during non-peak driving times, on nights and weekends, at which time there will be some delays and lane reductions," said Byrne. "The Department of Transportation is co-ordinating this project in a manner that minimizes the disruption on area residents. I wish to recognize the City of Fredericton for working with us by granting an exemption to the municipal noise bylaw."
Lamrock said the paving must be completed by Friday, June 11, in advance of the scheduled closure of the Princess Margaret Bridge on Saturday, June 19.
"This government is co-ordinating major projects on the Penniac, Durham, Westmorland Street and Princess Margaret Bridges this construction season," said Lamrock. "I urge the travelling public to adjust their travel times, be more cautious, reduce their speeds and watch for construction workers and signs for detours and rerouting. Everyone has a part to play in ensuring that our routes are safe."
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.