Transportation and Works
April 16, 2010
Slated for St. George’s-Stephenville East
As part of ongoing highway improvements throughout the
province, a tender is being called for bridge work in St. George’s-Stephenville
East through this year’s Provincial Roads Improvement Program. The
Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation
and Works, today announced that a tender is being called for rehabilitation
projects on Little Barachois Brook Bridge and Dribble River Bridge.
"Over the past number of years the Williams Government has set
out to upgrade, repair and replace key transportation infrastructure throughout
the province," said Minister Hedderson. "I am pleased to announce this tender
today which further signals our commitment to highway improvements through our
Provincial Roads Improvement Program."
The work for the Little Barachois Brook Bridge will include
the installation of new bridge rails, expansion joints, concrete repairs and the
re-paving of the structure. Work on the Dribble Brook Bridge will include
repairs to the concrete deck and curb as required. Both bridges will be reduced
to one lane while the upgrades are carried out.
"This tender call demonstrates the continued progress of the
Provincial Government’s infrastructure strategy that has led to improvements in
many areas of public infrastructure, particularly in highway infrastructure,"
said the Honourable Joan Burke, MHA for St.
George’s-Stephenville East. "These bridge upgrades will help create a smoother
and safer driving experience for all residents and visitors travelling in these
Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and
Our Future provides $177.7 million in Provincial Government funding
for road and bridge expenditures throughout the
province. This funding will be supplemented by an additional $57.9 million in
Federal Government funding for a total road and bridge investment of
$235.6 million in 2010-11. The Provincial Roads Improvement Program forms part
of this overall investment.
Improvements to bridge and highway infrastructure throughout
the province are just some of the overall enhancements being carried out through
the Provincial Government’s unprecedented infrastructure strategy which is now
valued at more than $5 billion over the next several years. The strategy also
includes investments in municipalities, healthcare, education, justice, social
housing, transportation, and environment and conservation.