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Transportation and Works
April 22, 2010

Road Upgrades Dot the West Coast

Motorists travelling throughout the Humber Arm and Corner Brook areas will see new blacktop along stretches of highway as another road tender has been called under this year’s Provincial Roads Improvement Program. Road upgrades and paving will take place on sections of the Corner Brook Ring Road, Route 450 and Route 440.

“This tender call further demonstrates this government’s commitment to improving our roads throughout the province,” said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works. “Each new section of pavement laid is another step towards overall road improvement, highway safety and increased traffic to many of our most beautiful destinations.”

The tender is for the pulverizing, widening and paving of the Corner Brook Ring Road from the Trans Canada Highway to Wheelers Road and for the paving of sections of Route 450 from Mount Moriah to Lark Harbour. Also included is pulverizing and paving work for sections of Route 440 from Gillams towards McIver’s.

“Every year, the coming of spring and summer signals the launch of another season of construction and road work throughout the province,” said the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and MHA for Humber West. “The improvements we are making to the Corner Brook Ring Road will help to provide better access to the new Western Memorial Regional Hospital as well as other major infrastructure that will serve the entire West Coast region such as the new long-term care home and an expanded Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.”

“The sustained efforts and investments of the Williams Government’s roads program is being felt right across the province,” said Terry Loder, MHA for the Bay of Islands. “Residents and tourists alike benefit from road improvements, whether they are travelling near their homes or exploring the many hidden gems throughout our province.”

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.

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Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
Andrea Nolan
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
709-729-4304, 727-0991 
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 04 22                                                   11:40 a.m.

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