July 16, 2010
POINTE-DU-CHÊNE (CNB) -Major bridge work and paving on the Pointe-du-Chêne Road has been completed on schedule.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau officially opened the new structure today.
In May, the province awarded a tender for the removal and replacement of the 47-year-old wooden stringer bridge. The project also included new walking strips to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists along with road shoulder and guardrail improvements.
"I am pleased to be back in the community to see the work completed," said Landry. "This new bridge, along with the roadway has been elevated by about 2 m to help contend with any flash-flooding or storm surges that have happened previously. The department has provided a good engineering solution that will serve this area well for decades."
Modern Construction Ltd. of Moncton, won the construction contract valued at about $1.9 million.
"I want to express my appreciation to the Department of Transportation for helping provide a modern, reliable structure to motorists while quickly and aggressively getting the job done," said Boudreau. "The Pointe-du-Chêne Wharf is a busy tourist destination for local residents and visitors who access the businesses and enjoy the beautiful view."
The Department of Transportation held information sessions in 2009 on the project to enable residents and businesses to be informed and provide input. The project was funded from the department's $439.3 million budget for 2010-11.
Since 2007, the province has invested more than $1.3 billion in transportation infrastructure.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.