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Transportation and Works
May 5, 2010

Roads Investments Keep Wheels Moving

Road work continues to roll out as the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced the latest tender call today. Several sections of roads in Lewisporte and The Isles of Notre Dame will see upgrading and paving work carried out as part of this year’s Provincial Roads Improvement Program.

“The Williams Government has maintained an aggressive campaign to see road improvements made throughout the province,” said Minister Hedderson. “With each new construction season we push a little further towards the completion of our goals. This latest tender will see upgrades to roads that are critical to area residents and business owners, and gateways for tourists discovering the wonders of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The tender calls for the pulverizing and paving of sections of road leading to the town of Horwood, and the recapping of sections of road leading into Roger's Cove.

The tender also calls for the pulverizing and paving of Cottlesville Road, New World Island and Back Harbour Road, Twillingate. As well, upgrading and paving will be completed on sections of Bayview Road, Greenham's Point Road, Point Road and Hynes’ Road in Twillingate.

“The benefits of upgraded and well-maintained roads go beyond just improving the driving experience,” said Wade Verge, MHA for Lewisporte. “New pavement and smoother roads increase safety for everyone as they make their way throughout the province. I am sure the residents of Horwood and Rogers Cove will be very pleased to see the roads being upgraded and paved in their area.”

“These roads are important to residents and improving transportation infrastructure will support the economic activity in the area,” said Derrick Dalley, MHA for The Isles of Notre Dame. “I am pleased with the continued investment in our roads and I look forward to seeing this work completed in the coming months for the benefit of residents and visitors”

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 Government’s overall infrastructure strategy includes investments in municipalities, healthcare, education, justice, social housing, transportation, and environment and conservation.

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Media contacts:

Blair Medd
Communications Specialist
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 631-8465
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 05 05                       11:50 a.m.

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