Transportation and Works
March 29, 2007

Better Roads Headed for Humber West

Corner Brook�s Industrial Access Road will undergo some much-needed repairs during the upcoming construction season.

The Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced an investment of $400,000 for road improvements in the Humber West area.

"We have once again obtained pre-budget approval for $60 million under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program," said Minister Hickey. "This early commitment will allow the tendering process and construction such as this, to begin much sooner than in past years."

This year in Humber West, government will resurface sections of Route 450, Corner Brook Access Road, including ramps at the Trans Canada Highway interchange.

In addition, $6.1 million has been allocated under the Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Fund to continue upgrading and repaving of a section of the Trans Canada Highway, Pinchgut Lake to Southwest Bog. This project is cost-shared 50-50 with the federal government.

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and MHA for Humber West said, "Motorists who travel the roads in the Humber West region will no doubt be quite pleased with the improved driving experience this year."

"This government has made a long-term commitment to address the provincial infrastructure deficit and we are quite pleased with the strides we are making," said Premier Williams.

Government estimates the Provincial Roads Improvement Program creates 1,200 person years of employment, with 94 per cent of the work being completed in rural areas.


Media contacts:

Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Premier�s Office
709-729-3960, 351-1227 
David Salter
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 691-3577

2007 03 29                         10:40 a.m.

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