NLIS 6
August 6, 2004
(Transportation and Works)

 

Minister announces awarding of contract for road work in Gander and Terra Nova districts

Tom Rideout, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced that a contract has been awarded for road work in the districts of Gander and Terra Nova under the 2004 Provincial Roads Improvement Program.

"I am pleased to announce that Terra Nova Industries Limited of Glovertown South has been awarded a contract valued at over $600,000 for a number of projects in the districts of Gander and Terra Nova respectively," said the minister. "This road work will improve the current infrastructure in the region and make roads safer for the traveling public, a priority for this government."

Road work under this contract for Gander district includes repairing three sections of the Trans Canada Highway near Benton and upgrading and paving a section of Route 330, Gander Bay Road.

Gander MHA Kevin O'Brien said: "These projects most certainly illustrate governmentís commitment to reliable infrastructure and the overall fiscal health of the province. Reliable infrastructure is key to economic growth and such improvements will enhance Ganderís role as a service center for the entire region."

Road work under this contract planned for Terra Nova district includes:

  • recapping a section of Route 310 in Glovertown South;
  • recapping five sections of the Trans Canada Highway between Glovertown and Gander;
  • installation of a culvert on Route 310 in Eastport.

"I am also pleased to announce that Southern Construction of Trepassey has been awarded a contract valued at over $100,000 for upgrading and paving a section of Route 310 in St. Brendanís in the Terra Nova district," said the minister. "I anticipate work to begin shortly."

MHA for Terra Nova district Paul Oram said: "This road work is going to have a tremendous benefit for residents and visitors to our area. Traveling through my district will become safer and more enjoyable for all commuters."

Statistics Canada estimates that for every million dollars spent on road work, 12 direct and eight indirect jobs are created.

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

2004 08 06                                        2:50 p.m.


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