Office of the Premier

Fredericton-Moncton Highway officially opened / Open for travel Oct. 24 (01/10/23)

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Oct. 23, 2001

FREDERICTON (CNB) -- The official opening of the Fredericton to Moncton Highway was held today on the new bridge spanning the St. John River between Jemseg and Coytown (Gagetown).

Premier Bernard Lord, along with a panel of guests representing Maritime Road Development Corporation (MRDC) and other major participants in the four-year project, cut the ribbon today to mark the completion of the 195-km highway project. The highway is opening a full five weeks prior to the Nov. 30 deadline outlined in the project contract.

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"This highway project has truly been a project built by New Brunswickers for New Brunswickers," Lord said. "Ninety per cent of the workforce, which peaked at more than 1,400, was from New Brunswick. As well, in four years of construction, this project involved more than 400 New Brunswick companies, from major contractors to well drillers and hotels."

Lord said the 195 km length of the highway broke new ground in terms of its construction and operations and in the measures taken to minimize its impact on the environment.

"This has been the largest highway construction project ever undertaken in our province," the premier said. "It has broken new ground, not just by carving a new transportation corridor across New Brunswick, but in terms of the sheer magnitude of the project and the number of people working on it."

The premier was joined by Leo McArthur, president of the MRDC, Transportation Minister Percy Mockler and Ermel Hachey of St. Isodore Asphalt, who represented the more than 1,400 workers who took part in the construction of the highway, its many bridges and other structures.

Mockler commended MRDC, its workers and contractors for their commitment to safety and their low accident rate. "MRDC demonstrated its commitment to safety through the construction of this highway, resulting in this project having one of the lowest accident rates of any major construction project in our province, with no fatalities," Mockler said. "MRDC will continue this commitment to safety in operating the new highway."

Leo McArthur of MRDC reflected on the immense scope of the project for New Brunswick and the commitment of his staff and contractors which allowed them to complete the highway ahead of schedule.

"A project of this size and scope has never been done before in this province - and rarely has such a project been attempted elsewhere in North America," McArthur said. "Yet here we stand, on this historic day in New Brunswick, ready to open the Fredericton-Moncton four-lane highway five weeks ahead of schedule."

The opening ceremonies were preceded by a public bridge walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It was announced the highway would be opened to traffic at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in simultaneous ceremonies at River Glade/Havelock and at Oromocto.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Background information on the project is attached. MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Harpelle, director of communications, Office of the Premier, 506-453-2144; Sharon Pond, communications, MRDC, 506-357-1321.

Fredericton-Moncton Highway

Made in New Brunswick



Structural facts

Construction facts


Fredericton-Moncton Highway Project
Examples of Innovative Construction Methods/Techniques/Material

Fredericton-Moncton Highway Project
Environmental, Wetland and Watercourse Management

Grand Lake Meadows

Watercourse Alteration Regulation Permits

MRDC Environmental Management Plan

Environmental Effects Monitoring Program 01/10/23