Transportation and Works
May 22, 2009
and Bridge Work En Route to Central Newfoundland
Central Newfoundland is the latest beneficiary of the
2009-10 Provincial Roads Improvement Program as tenders have been called
to revitalize roads and bridges in the districts of Exploits and
The $70.7 million program is part of the $300 million
investment in transportation infrastructure committed to in Budget 2009:
Building on Our Strong Foundation.
"Over the next several months there will be a beehive
of activity on the provinceís roads as construction crews get to work,"
said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works.
"Our aggressive roads improvement program is not only stimulating the
provincial economy, but creating safer driving conditions."
Tenders have been issued for the following work:
A section of Route 350 from Northern Arm towards Point
Leamington and a section from Northern Arm towards Point of Bay will
be pulverized and paved; a culvert on Route 350 will be replaced;
Peterís Arm Bridge #2 will be rehabilitated; and the Sir Robert Bond
Bridge will be repaired; and,
An expansion joint on
the Rattling Brook Spillway Bridge will be replaced.
"I am absolutely thrilled with the announced funding
for these projects," said Exploits MHA Clayton Forsey. "Since 2006, our
residents have benefited tremendously from significant road
infrastructure investments, totalling in excess of $8 million, a portion
of which has been cost-shared with the Federal Government."
"This is good news and will create safer roads for
residents and travellers in our region," said Lewisporte MHA Wade Verge.
"This investment will also have a positive impact in terms of creating
work and increasing economic stimulus."
The Provincial Roads Improvement Program will create
an estimated 1,400 person years of employment and is part of the
Provincial Government's infrastructure strategy, valued at more than $4
billion over the next several years.
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Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
Government Members Office
2009 05 22