May 26, 2010
SCOUDOUC (CNB) - Several highway projects will be completed in southeastern New Brunswick during the 2010 construction season.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry made the announcement while visiting a construction site at the Scoudouc Industrial Park interchange on Route 15. He was joined by Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Bernard LeBlanc.
"This $10-million project is continuing, and motorists can expect traffic to be reduced periodically to one lane in the westbound and eastbound lanes until the fall," said LeBlanc. "When completed, this interchange will remove heavy truck traffic off of Route 132 through Scoudouc and attract new economic development opportunities for the industrial park."
Two contractors - Caldwell & Ross Ltd. and Vail Civil Contractors Ltd. - won tenders and are doing grading and bridge work at the site. Further tenders will be awarded in the coming weeks.
Landry noted the Department of Transportation is also finishing other projects during this construction season:
To date, the Department of Transportation has called 88 tenders and has awarded 64 tenders from its $439.3-million 2010-11 capital budget.
"We will call tenders quickly to help road builders plan their staffing and equipment needs," said Landry. "We will be calling about 50 more tenders for roads and bridge improvements, wildlife fencing and ferry infrastructure upgrades this year."
Since 2007, the Department of Transportation has invested more than $1.3 billion in the province's transportation network, posting three consecutive record capital budgets.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.