Executive Council
October 10, 2017

Infrastructure Upgrades Will Improve Safety and Accessibility on the Trans-Labrador Highway

The governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada today announced a combined investment of approximately $15.3 million for major upgrades to Route 510 on the Trans-Labrador Highway. The Provincial Government is contributing more than $8.1 million towards the work while the Federal Government is providing over $7.1 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP).

At an event in Forteau this afternoon, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Yvonne Jones, MP for Labrador, on behalf the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, provided details on the project. Work on Route 510 will include extensive repaving from the Quebec border to Pinware, guiderail replacement, and culvert and ditch excavation.

Once completed, the project will improve overall road safety, extend the route’s useful lifespan by a decade, and contribute to the long-term growth and prosperity of the surrounding communities.

This project is one of seven roadway components slated for improvement as part of the $33 million Road Rehabilitation and Resurfacing Project for Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The Trans Labrador Highway is an integral part of Labrador’s transportation network. It links communities and provides new economic opportunities. My government is committed to the completion of the Trans Labrador Highway so that residents and visitors can travel across Labrador and explore all the opportunities that exist in the Big Land.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Our government understands the importance of reliable transportation infrastructure to the economic development of our communities. This investment will lead to a modern and safe highway that will enable new opportunities for local businesses and residents.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works

“Important projects like the rehabilitation of Route 510 on the Trans-Labrador Highway connect people, create good paying, middle-class jobs, and contribute to local economic development. By improving the region’s primary transportation infrastructure, we will ensure that both people and products can move quickly and safely. The Government of Canada is proud to support this project that will help Newfoundland and Labrador communities thrive for years to come.”
Yvonne Jones
Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The upgrading and re-surfacing of the highway from the Quebec border to Red Bay has been a key priority for me and our government and I’m pleased that through  planning and collaboration with our federal colleagues we are able to make this significant investment in infrastructure for the people of the Labrador Straits. The investment announcement today builds on our efforts to upgrade and pave the Trans-Labrador Highway and we are excited about what this will mean for the people of the Labrador Straits and the entire province as this project moves forward.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development
MHA for Cartwright – L’Anse au Clair

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