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Transportation and Works
May 6, 2011

Tender Called for Trans Canada Highway Upgrades in Corner Brook Area

Motorists will soon see the beginning of road construction on the Trans Canada Highway (TCH) in the Corner Brook area, as the Department of Transportation and Works calls a tender for the completion of the four-lane divided highway from the Massey Drive Interchange to the Corner Brook Industrial Access Road.

“This is a busy section of highway in a growing area of our province and we are pleased to start the ball rolling on this much needed addition to our road infrastructure,” said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works. “This project will complete the department’s vision of twinning of the TCH between Pasadena and Corner Brook and help enhance the flow of people and goods through the region.”

The project will see approximately five kilometres of the existing TCH upgraded to a four-lane divided highway. The overpass at the Corner Brook Industrial Access Road was originally constructed to accommodate the divided highway but changes will be required to the existing ramps at this location to allow for the new four-lane configuration. The project will also include an underpass for all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile traffic and to allow vehicle access to the site of the future Corner Brook water treatment plant.

“The extension of the divided highway between the Massey Drive Interchange and the Corner Brook Industrial Access Road is a welcome project in this region,” said the Honourable Tom Marshall, Minister of Finance and MHA for Humber East. “This region is continuing to grow and this new section of divided highway will help provide more efficient access to Corner Brook’s industrial area and more importantly, to the site of the new Western Memorial Regional Hospital. This is truly great news.”

“I am pleased to see that our government is continuing to address the transportation needs of our province,” said Vaughn Granter, MHA for Humber West. “Completing this section of divided highway will be of great benefit to residents and businesses in Corner Brook and the entire west coast region. I am certainly looking forward to its completion.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in June and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012. This project will be cost-shared between the Provincial and Federal Governments under the federal Building Canada Fund.

Budget 2011 Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador provides funding of $216.4 million for road and bridge improvements, supplemented by an additional $35.2 million in Federal Government funding, providing for a total road and bridge investment in 2011-12 of $251.6 million.

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Media contacts:
Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
Lary Wells
Executive Assistant to the
Honourable Tom Marshall
MHA Humber East
Donna Ivey
Communications Managerr
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2011 05 06                                                                      10:10 a.m.

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