March 23, 2004
(Transportation and Works)


Contract awarded for Penstock Bridge

Tom Rideout, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced today a contract valued at $2 million has been awarded to Northland Contracting Incorporated of Bay Bulls to replace the Penstock Bridge near Norris Arm.

"The Penstock Bridge is a 35-year old concrete bridge that has reached the end of its useful life. Work is set to begin in early-April to replace the bridge with a new, modern concrete structure," said Minister Rideout. "To carry out this work, traffic must be diverted along Gillingham Avenue through the town of Norris Arm for approximately three months. Although there may be some inconvenience to motorists while this work is being carried out, this improvement is vital to the area and I am very pleased to be able to move forward with this project."

Funding for this contract was made available through the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP), a 50/50 cost-sharing initiative between the federal and provincial governments aimed at improving highways across Canada. These monies were allocated under the 2003-04 budget.

"In addition to the bridge replacement, in July approximately 400 metres of road will be replaced on either side of the bridge, following its completion," said Minister Rideout. "These improvements mark the first steps towards this government's intent to invest in, and rebuild, our province's infrastructure, which is so vital to our economy."

Media contact: Christine King, Communications, (709) 729-1758.

2004 03 23                                        12:35 p.m.

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