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Transportation and Works
May 11, 2011

Bridge Work Announced for Humber Valley Region

Two bridges on the west coast of Newfoundland will get a makeover this summer as the Department of Transportation and Works calls a tender for the rehabilitation of the Upper Humber River Bridge and the Rocky Brook Bridge.

“These two bridges are almost 40 years old and the time has come to refurbish them,” said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works. “By upgrading these two bridges, we are enhancing transportation infrastructure in the area, providing a better travel experience for people in nearby communities.”

The Upper Humber River Bridge on Route 430 will undergo expansion, joint replacement and deck resurfacing. Work on the Rocky Brook Bridge on Route 430-12 will entail curb resurfacing, installation of new bridge deck drains and handrail replacement.

“The rehabilitation of these two bridges is a great project for this area of the province,” said Darryl Kelly, MHA for Humber Valley. “Maintaining and enhancing our roadways is one part of our government’s commitment to building and maintaining quality infrastructure. These bridge repairs will lead to better driving for residents throughout the region and for the many tourists that visit this beautiful part of our province each year.”

Construction work at both locations is expected to begin in June and conclude in September. During construction, traffic on the bridges will be reduced to a single lane and controlled by temporary traffic lights.

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
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
House of Assembly
Government Member’s Office

2011 05 11 9:50 a.m.

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