June 22, 2010
WELSFORD (CNB) - The provincial government has awarded a tender to advance construction of the 10.7 km Welsford-Nerepis bypass along Route 7.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Energy Minister Jack Keir made the announcement today during a construction site visit.
A grading and paving contract, valued at more than $11.3 million, has been awarded to St. Isidore Asphalte ltée from among eight bids. The funding is from the 2010-11 Department of Transportation capital budget.
"This major infrastructure project has been a catalyst in putting people to work over the past year and supporting our economy and this new construction contract will continue that momentum," said Landry.
Construction of the Welsford-Nerepis bypass began in early 2009 with site preparation work. A total of seven separate contracts, valued collectively at $24.6 million, were awarded for grading, viaduct and clearing activities.
"When completed, this bypass will help traffic and goods flow more safely and efficiently between Saint John and Fredericton," said Keir. "The provincial government is pleased to help deliver this major project that will help reduce accidents and benefit motorists."
"The Government of Canada is pleased to join the Government of New Brunswick for this important project," said National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and minister for the Atlantic Gateway. "Route 7 is a priority for the Government of Canada and this work will help to save lives, reduce injuries and improve access and traffic flow in southern New Brunswick."
Jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments, the Welsford-Nerepis bypass is intended to improve safety and capacity. It is the only section of Route 7 that has not been extensively upgraded or bypassed by a new highway alignment. The project is scheduled for completion in 2012.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; James Kusie, Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, 613-991-0700.