Oct. 4, 2007
WOODSTOCK (CNB) -- Trade between Atlantic Canada and the United States is now flowing more efficiently, thanks to the completion of a 14-kilometre highway project in New Brunswick.
Premier Shawn Graham and Transportation Minister Denis Landry joined Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen to officially open the newly twinned Route 95 between Woodstock, N.B. and Houlton, Me.
"Completing the twinning of Route 95 between Woodstock and Houlton constitutes a major achievement for our province," said Premier Shawn Graham. "Route 95 is a vital link to important markets in the United States, and this highway improvement will significantly contribute to our objective of making New Brunswick self-sufficient by 2026."
"The official opening of this new section of Route 95 demonstrates once again that the Government of Canada delivers results in transport for Canadians," Allen said. "This new highway section will be beneficial to the Canadian economy and will increase public safety." He spoke on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
The $33 million project was jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments. Federal funding was provided through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.
Route 95 is a 14-kilometre highway connecting Woodstock, N.B. and Houlton, Me. The international border crossing between the two towns is New Brunswick's the busiest commercial crossing, and a key trade corridor between Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States. The twinning of Route 95 was endorsed by all four Atlantic Provinces as being important to regional trade and the economy of the entire region.
The project consisted of twinning the entire section of existing two-lane highway on Route 95 between the Trans-Canada Highway and the international border at Houlton. The new highway is a four-lane divided highway that includes a new interchange at the Route 540 intersection and a grade separation at Plymouth Road.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Tracey Burkhardt, director of communications, Transportation, 506-453- 5634; Marie-Andée Bolduc, press secretary, Office of the Premier 506-444-2286; Karine White, press secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055.