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Transportation and Works
March 8, 2010

Highway Upgrades Headed For Northern Peninsula

Motorists travelling Route 431 on the Northern Peninsula can expect a safer and more enjoyable driving experience thanks to road improvements scheduled to be carried out this summer. The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced the tender call for the upcoming roadwork today.

“This latest tender is a further example of our commitment to improving infrastructure throughout Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Minister Hedderson. “From one end of this province to the other, we have been making unprecedented investments in highways, public buildings, marine and other infrastructure and we will continue to invest strategically in projects that benefit Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

The tender is for the upgrading and paving of sections of Route 431, between Route 430 at Wiltondale and the Gros Morne National Park Boundary. This project will be cost-shared 50/50 between the Provincial and Federal Governments under the federal Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

“The Williams Government has made significant investments in the road network on the Northern Peninsula over the past number of years,” said Wally Young, MHA for St. Barbe. “This area of the province, near Gros Morne National Park, sees a high number of tourists every year and these improvements will provide a better driving experience for residents and tourists alike.”

Highway upgrades are part of the Williams Government’s overall infrastructure program valued at more than $4 billion over the next several years which includes investments in healthcare, education, justice, social housing, transportation, municipal and other provincial infrastructure.

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Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members’ Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 03 08                                                   10:05 a.m.

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