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April 21, 2006
(Transportation and Works)

Investing in Infrastructure: Windsor-Springdale area to benefit from road improvements

As part of governmentís ongoing commitment to address the provincial infrastructure deficit and stimulate rural economies, Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced an investment of $2.05 million for road and bridge improvements in the Windsor-Springdale area, under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program.

Government will invest $300 million in infrastructure this year, of which $171 million is earmarked for transportation infrastructure. This yearís investment will create more than 4,500 full-time equivalent jobs. This is the first installment of a six-year strategy for infrastructure improvements exceeding $2 billion.

"Government will modernize the provinceís infrastructure and continue to grow the economy through this unprecedented investment," said Minister Taylor. "This summer, travelers in the Windsor-Springdale area will experience first-hand, the benefits of governmentís infrastructure strategy."

The projects slated for the area this summer are: the resurfacing of sections of Robertís Arm Road, Route 380 and Springdale Road, Route 390; the rehabilitation of the deck at Indian Brook Bridge and repairs to erosion and the guardrail at the Port Anson Causeway.

"This allocation of $2.05 million is a tremendous investment in road infrastructure for my district," said Windsor-Springdale MHA Ray Hunter. "The announced road resurfacing work for Routes 380 and 390, as well as the repairs to the Port Anson Causeway, will make these roads safer for all that use them."

The Provincial Roads Improvement Program has doubled in value from $30 million in 2004-05 to $60 million in 2006-07.

Media contact: David Salter, Communications, (709) 729-3015, 691-3577

2006 04 21                                        12:25 p.m.

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