Transportation and Works
June 25, 2018

Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada Improve Safety and Shorten Travel Times on Trans Labrador Highway

The Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada are investing approximately $64.5 million to improve a section of the Trans Labrador Highway. The funding was announced today in Happy Valley-Goose Bay by the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $32.6 million toward the project with the Federal Government providing up to $31.8 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National Regional Projects.

The project includes widening and paving 126 kilometres of road from 160 km east of Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Cartwright Junction. These improvements will not only mean safer and more efficient travel for commuters, they will also contribute to Labrador’s economic growth as the Trans Labrador Highway is the sole highway and primary public road in the region.

In addition, the communities of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Hopedale will benefit from up to $1.8 million in joint funding through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund. More details on these projects can be found in the backgrounder below.

Initiatives such as this deliver on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation, improve efficiency, and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Quotes
“Improving the transportation system in Labrador is a top priority for this government. Enhancing transportation links between communities and businesses spread across a vast area gives residents better access to important services, and promotes economic development. We appreciate federal partnership as we make continued improvements to the Trans-Labrador Highway, and look forward to further projects that improve public safety and help businesses in the region flourish.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Our recent commitments to improve ferry services in northern Labrador and across the Strait of Belle Isle and our previous work on the Trans-Labrador Highway show our commitment to an improved transportation network. By working with our federal partners and leveraging funding for the Trans-Labrador Highway, we are able to continue building a modern and safe transportation network throughout Labrador.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works

“Our government is investing in safe and sustainable communities by supporting projects that strengthen municipal infrastructure, provide better access to clean water and wastewater, and bring residents and families together.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure such as the Trans-Labrador Highway to help grow the middle class, promote sustainable development and increase public safety. By supporting improvements to this important highway, we will help local businesses move their goods to market and foster long-term prosperity in the province for years to come.”
Yvonne Jones
Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The Trans-Labrador Highway is an essential roadway that connects families, allows Canadians to travel to work, and brings economic opportunity to the region. The improvements being made to Route 510 will shorten travel times and reduce in congestion in highly travelled. By pooling our resources, the federal, provincial and municipal governments are making important investments that keep travellers safe and enable continued economic growth.”
Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

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Learn more
Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador Partner to Improve Trans Labrador Highway 

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

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan External Link Icon

Provincial Government Releases Updated Pre-Feasibility Study on Fixed Link

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Media contacts
Jason Card
Office of the Premier
709-729-3558
jasoncard@gov.nl.ca

Rod Drover
Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 730-4607
rodneycdrover@gov.nl.ca

Allan Bock
Office of Labrador Affairs
(709) 896-4449, 896-6446
allanbock@gov.nl.ca

Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca

Kate Monfette
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-301-0894
kate.monfette@canada.ca

Karl Filion
Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications and
Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language
418-380-2310

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
infc.media.infc@canada.ca 

 

BACKGROUNDER 

Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and Communities of Hopedale and Happy Valley-Goose Bay invest in health and safety in Labrador communities

Joint federal-provincial-municipal will support two infrastructure projects in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $518,379 towards these projects. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Municipality of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and the Inuit Community of Hopedale will provide the remainder of funding.

Project Information: 

Location

Project Name

Improvements

Happy Valley-Goose Bay

E.J. Broomfield Renovations

Providing health and safety improvements to sport and recreation facilities. Work includes upgrades to electrical, lighting, and fire safety systems, and renovations to the changing rooms, showers, and user areas.

Hopedale

Hopedale Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades

 

Replacing pipes and manholes throughout the community to mitigate system failures and environmental, health and safety issues.

 

2018 06 25                                                    12:50 p.m.