July 28, 1998
(Works, Services and Transportation)
Road construction projects announced for Northern Peninsula
Premier Brian Tobin, and Lloyd Matthews, Minister of Works, Services and
Transportation, together with Chuck Furey, MHA - St. Barbe, and Chris Decker, MHA - The
Straits and White Bay North, today announced funding for various road construction
projects along the Northern Peninsula. The projects, valued at almost $5 million, will go
to tender within the next two to three weeks.
Route 430 from the Roddickton Intersection towards St. Barbe,
approximately 20 kilometres in total, will be upgraded and paved. As well, approximately
15 kilometres of Route 432, from the Roddickton Intersection to Main Brook, will be
upgraded and paved. These two projects have an estimated value of $4.5 million.
"Investment in the province's highways and road infrastructure is in
an important part of government's overall strategy for economic development," said
Premier Tobin. "Maintaining an efficient network of highway routes throughout the
province is a key component of economic renewal in communities throughout Newfoundland and
Works, Services and Transportation Minister Lloyd Matthews says the
projects will be funded under the Trans Canada Highway Initiative. "We have a
commitment from Transport Canada to accelerate funding for these projects in order to
begin construction this year," said Minister Matthews. "Upgrading and
maintaining the province's regional trunk roads is a priority for the department."
St. Barbe MHA Chuck Furey says he's anxious to see work on these projects
begin. "People all along the Northern Peninsula rely on these highways for the
movement of goods and services into their communities. I think we all appreciate the fact
we can start making improvements to these thoroughfares within the next few weeks."
Today's announcement is welcome news said Chris Decker. "Government
realizes the importance of maintaining quality thoroughfares to communities all along the
Northern Peninsula. I am pleased that government was able to secure the necessary funding
to begin work on these much needed projects."
In addition to these two projects, tenders will also be called within the
next two to three weeks for three projects, valued at approximately $550,000, under the
provincial roads program. These include resurfacing local roads at Portland Creek and
paving local roads at Forrester's Point, Black Duck Cove, Pigeon Cove and from St. Anthony
to Fishing Point.
Contact: Jill Sooley, (709) 729-3015.
1998 07 28 11:40 a.m.