July 30, 2004
(Transportation and Works)


Minister announces award of contract for road work in Lake Melville District

Tom Rideout, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced the award of a contract for road work in the Lake Melville District under the 2004 Provincial Roads Improvement Program.

The work will be carried out by Dexter Construction Company Limited of Bedford, Nova Scotia. Scheduled activity includes slope repairs at Pinus River Bridge and ditching and culvert replacement on Route 520, from the Goose Bay Main Dock junction to Northwest River.

"Our government is focusing strongly on restoring and expanding the province’s transportation infrastructure," said Minister Rideout. "We increased funding for the roads program in the 2004-05 budget, in order to build a safe and reliable transportation network for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. This work in the Lake Melville district will strengthen that network and foster economic activity, both during and after construction."

Lake Melville MHA John Hickey said, "I am pleased that Minister Rideout has announced the awarding of this contract. The work at Pinus River Bridge will provide for the added safety of motorists as they travel this section of highway. The repair work on Route 520 is much needed as well. Commuters to and from Northwest River have been asking for such improvements for some time now.

"This contract is another example of government’s strong commitment to building and improving infrastructure in Labrador."

The contract provides for $542,000 in much-needed maintenance and upgrading. Statistics Canada estimates that for every million dollars spent on road work, 12 direct and eight indirect jobs are created.

Media contact: Lori Lee Oates, Communications, (709) 729-3015

2004 07 30                                         3:00 p.m.

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