May 26, 2010
CLAIR (CNB) - The provincial government has awarded a $1.3-million contract to replace the Thompson Brook Bridge #5 in Clair. The Department of Transportation awarded it to Clarence Daigle & Fils ltee of Edmundston from among four bidders.
"The culvert pipe system that people drive over has been unable to handle heavy rains - to the point where we have had instances where the road has washed out," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "Contractors have started to mobilize onsite, and starting June 1, in-stream work will begin on installing a larger, wider box culvert. I am confident this will be a major improvement for area residents and the community."
The bridge is on Route 161 that leads to the international border between Clair and Fort Kent, Me. The road is being widened to accommodate a two-lane detour during construction, to be completed in September.
The project is funded from the Department of Transportation's $439.3 million capital budget for 2010-11 - the third consecutive year of record capital budgets. New Brunswick has more than 18,600 km of highways and 2,900 bridges
"During the last four construction seasons, the province has invested more than $1.3 billion in its highways, bridges and ferries," said Landry. "This funding has supported projects, such as the Clair bridge replacement, delivering long-term benefits and has made New Brunswick's transportation network safer and more efficient."
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.