Transportation and Works
March 9, 2007

$2 Million Headed for Roads in Bonavista South

Roads in Bonavista South will receive major repairs as government today announced an investment of $2 million to improve infrastructure in the area.

The Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Transportation and Works, says governmentís $60 million Provincial Roads Improvement Program is an investment in the provinceís transportation network and in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

"The vast majority of funds from our Roads Improvement Program will address needs in rural communities and create jobs in these areas," said Minister Hickey. "In fact we anticipate this program will create approximately 1,200 person years of employment."

This is the second year in a row that the Provincial Roads Improvement Program is valued at $60 million and announced prior to the budget. The early approval allows tendering and construction work to begin earlier than in past years.

The road improvements planned for Bonavista South area are:

  • Replace culverts on Route 235 near the Fire Hall in King ís Cove;
  • Upgrade and pave section of Route 235 between Kingís Cove and Stock Cove;
  • Resurface main road through Sweet Bay;
  • Upgrade and pave section of Route 230 between Port Rexton and Port Union;
  • Upgrade the intersection of Route 237 and Route 230, Catalina;
  • Upgrade and pave Diamondís Road, Lethbridge;
  • Upgrade and pave main road through Summerville;
  • Upgrade and pave main road through Plate Cove West.
  • Roger Fitzgerald, MHA for Bonavista South, said: "This significant funding is welcomed by everyone in my district and we look forward to experiencing the improvements first-hand during the summer."

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    Media contact:

    David Salter
    Director of Communications
    Department of Transportation and Works
    709-729-3015, 691-3577

    davidsalter@gov.nl.ca

    2007 03 09                                                    10:05 a.m.

     


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