June 4, 2010
WOODSTOCK (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $285,000 in helping the Town of Woodstock widen a section of Connell Road to four lanes.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry made the announcement today with Woodstock Mayor Arthur Slipp at the town's Grafton Bridge Intersection (Corner of Deakin Drive and Main Street).
The project includes paving on Route 103 from the town limit to Noble Street and Route 550 from Townview Street area to Burtt Street.
"The municipality has taken a consistent and co-ordinated approach to widen Connell Road from the Trans-Canada Highway to Connell Park and Woodstock High School," said Landry. "We are pleased to contribute to this project that is designed to help improve traffic flow and safety in this extremely busy commercial zone."
The investment is part of the 2010-11 Department of Transportation capital budget of $439.3 million, which includes funding for provincially designated highways within municipalities.
"Today's announcement is exciting news for Woodstock," said Slipp. "The improvements on Connell Road and at the Grafton Bridge intersection have been identified as the two most urgent priorities in our long-term designated highway plan. These projects continue to build on the strong working relationship between the provincial government and the Town of Woodstock."
Landry said the department has provided funding each year since 2007 totalling over $873,000 for paving, curb and gutter projects on Route 103 in Woodstock.
Construction work will start in July after the tender process and depending upon the availability of contractors.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; Town of Woodstock, 506-325-4600.