Municipal Affairs and Environment
October 11, 2017

Ministers Announce Infrastructure Improvements for Mount Pearl

Provincial, federal and municipal governments are investing more than $10.1 million for a number of road improvement projects in Mount Pearl.

Details on the projects were announced at an event today by the Honourable Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, on behalf of the Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, the Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and His Worship Dave Aker, Mayor of Mount Pearl.

The Provincial Government will be contributing approximately $1.9 million for widening and repaving portions of both Topsail Road and Blackmarsh Road, and reconfiguring the Blackmarsh Road – Topsail Road intersection, including the installation of new traffic signals. The wastewater management system will also be upgraded and new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bus lay-by areas will be installed. The Federal Government and the City of Mount Pearl will be contributing over $1.4 million each.

A second project includes a provincial investment of $3.4 million to repave Commonwealth Avenue from Glendale Avenue to Francis Street, upgrade or install 2,000 metres of sidewalks, and upgrade the traffic signals at four key locations. The water and wastewater management systems will also be updated. The federal and municipal contributions are approximately $2.6 million each towards this initiative.

Funding has been allocated under the Small Communities Fund of the New Building Canada Fund. The Provincial Government is contributing $234,000 to upgrade Second Street, with a federal contribution of up to $213,000. Additionally, the both governments will contribute approximately $150,000 each towards upgrades of the elevator and HVAC system at the Glacier Arena.

“Strengthening our province’s infrastructure is a priority for our government and we are pleased to continue a positive working collaboration with the Government of Canada to achieve this goal. These upgrades in Mount Pearl will enhance the safety of motorists and pedestrians while helping traffic flow. Improvements at the Glacier Arena will ensure that residents continue to enjoy the use of important recreational facilities.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“Strategic investments in transportation infrastructure help address congestion and safety issues along vital road and highway corridors, and around transportation hubs and ports. The Government of Canada is glad to invest in projects like the widening and resurfacing of Topsail and Blackmarsh roads, and the rehabilitation of Commonwealth Avenue, which will make the city’s transportation network safer and more efficient - helping kids travel safely to school, workers arrive on time, and seniors access the services they need.”
Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“We are a city growing to meet the future head on. Through good asset management, smart planning, and thoughtful infrastructure and development, we are ensuring long-term, sustainable services for Mount Pearl. These projects will be some of the largest in our city’s history. They will create modern thoroughfares, improve accessibility for our pedestrians, reduce traffic delays, and advance capacity for future development in these areas.”
His Worship Dave Aker,
Mayor of Mount Pearl

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Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466

Brook Simpson
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

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Maggie Hynes
City of Mount Pearl

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