Highway improvements in Bathurst (10/06/09)

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June 9, 2010

BATHURST (CNB) - The provincial government is investing in highway improvements this construction season in Bathurst.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Tourism and Parks Minister Brian Kenny made the announcement today. They were joined by Bathurst Mayor Stephen Brunet.

"This government continues to deliver key infrastructure upgrades for provincially designated highways," said Kenny. "This funding will enable improvements on Bridge Street from Joan of Arc Lane to Carron Drive, and it builds on the other investments we have made in the city since October 2006."

Funding for the improvements, totalling $370,000, come from the Department of Transportation's 2010-11 capital budget of $439.3 million. It is the department's third consecutive record capital budget.

Kenny noted the province has invested $1.45 million since 2007 in provincially designated highway projects in Bathurst:

"We thank the Province of New Brunswick for its continuous support of projects within the city," said Brunet. "We realize the many demands on its budget and, like the City of Bathurst, we must all work within the budgets that have been carefully put together. I look forward to continued support from the provincial government in the future."

Landry said that the provincial government has invested more than $152 million in highway, bridge and wildlife fencing projects in northeastern New Brunswick since 2007.

"These investments are about making the lives of New Brunswickers better by making the places they live better," said Landry. "We have invested in communities, large and small, because we need them to be strong and healthy in helping this province achieve self-sufficiency."


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