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Transportation and Works
May 22, 2009

Road 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 Lewisporte.

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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    Media contacts:

    David Salter
    Director of Communications
    Department of Transportation and Works
    709-729-3015, 691-3577
    davidsalter@gov.nl.ca
    Donna Ivey
    Communications Manager
    Government Members Office
    709-729-0898, 697-1424
    donnaivey@gov.nl.ca

    2009 05 22                                                    9:40 a.m.
     


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