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Transportation and Works
August 16, 2011

Permanent Fix Coming for Igor-Damaged Bridge

A Burin Peninsula bridge damaged by Hurricane Igor will get a permanent fix as the Provincial Government calls a tender for the replacement of the Little Barasway Brook Bridge near Molliers.

“This bridge sustained significant damage during Hurricane Igor,” said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works. “A temporary repair was made last fall, which made it safe for use until we could make a permanent fix. The new structure will help strengthen the highway system on the Burin Peninsula.”

The bridge will be demolished and replaced with a permanent culvert structure constructed of corrugated steel. Traffic flow will be maintained while the bridge is being replaced.

“Igor devastated our region and immediately after the storm, our government ensured as much repair work was done as possible,” said the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and MHA for Grand Bank. “In the first construction season after the storm, we are completing that work, making permanent repairs that are designed to stand the tests of time and nature.”

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, 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
Corey Parsons
Constituency Assistant to the
Honourable Darin King
MHA for Grand Bank

2011 08 16                                                                      2:25 p.m.

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