September 11, 2006
(Transportation and Works)
Infrastructure: Bridge improvements in Bonavista South
As part of government's Blueprint pledge
to address the provincial infrastructure deficit and invigorate rural
economies, John Hickey, Minister of Transportation and Works, today
announced an investment of $400,000 for bridge improvements in the
Bonavista South area under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program.
Work on the Southwest Brook Bridge, located on Route 223 near
Bloomfield, will consist of the removal of the old concrete structure
which will be replaced with two large aluminum arch culverts. There will
also be associated road work.
Government will invest $300 million in infrastructure this year, of
which $171 million is earmarked for transportation infrastructure.
Approximately 97 per cent of this investment in transportation
infrastructure is being spent outside the Northeast Avalon region. This
is the first installment of a six-year strategy for infrastructure
improvements exceeding $2 billion that will create more than 4,500
full-time equivalent jobs.
“This government has clearly illustrated its commitment to
infrastructure improvement and rural economic development,” said
Minister Hickey. “This is just the latest example of the work we
continue to address.”
Roger Fitzgerald, MHA for Bonavista South, pointed out the bridge is a
very busy thoroughfare and the residents of both Bonavista South and
Terra Nova will welcome this announcement. “This bridge repair is very
important to the people in the Bonavista South region and I’m pleased to
have been able to work with Minister Hickey to secure the necessary
funding,” said Mr. Fitzgerald.
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
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