Highway improvements in Miramichi (10/05/28)

NB 835

May 28, 2010

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Improvements to the King George Highway in Miramichi have been completed after three years of work.



Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran officially opened a reconstructed 3.6-km stretch of highway today, from Dalton Avenue to the Cove Road.

The latest project, valued at more than $1 million, was undertaken by North Shore Construction Ltd. of Miramichi. During the past two weeks, the road surface was milled and paved and highway marking paint was applied.

"I am pleased to see the King George Highway completed prior to the peak tourism period," said Foran. "This high-volume route is a major arterial for our residents and the region's business community. With an investment of $2.2 million during the last three years, the provincial government has demonstrated its commitment to upgrade this key infrastructure. I thank the travelling public for their patience and hope they enjoy this greatly improved route."

Foran spoke on behalf of Transportation Minister Denis Landry.

Sections of the highway between St. Samuels Street to Jessiman Boulevard and Douglastown Boulevard to the ramp on to Route 8 were completed in 2009.

Foran also visited a construction site on Route 425 in Eel Ground where the province is carrying out a warm mix asphalt paving project. North Shore Construction Ltd. of Miramichi won a 2.4-km tender valued at almost $690,000.

Unlike traditional hot-mix asphalt, which requires temperatures of up to 150 degrees Celsius, warm-mix asphalt has special additives which allow it to be produced at 100 degrees Celsius. This reduced temperature means less energy is needed to produce the mix, resulting in a substantial decrease in fuel consumption, green house gas emissions and fumes.

"The Department of Transportation has had success using this innovative product during the past two construction seasons and is calling a total of eight contracts this summer with this technology," said Foran. "It has proven to be as durable and cost effective as traditional mixes while being environmentally friendly."


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