Executive Council
Transportation and Works
Health and Community Services
Municipal Affairs
Natural Resources
Fisheries and Aquaculture
April 29, 2008

Unprecedented Investment of $673 Million Enhances and Restores Provincial Infrastructure

The Williams Government remains firmly committed to its plan for social improvement and economic growth supported by sound infrastructure investment.

With Budget 2008, the Provincial Government is investing $673 million in infrastructure. This is the third year of the Williams Government�s unprecedented, six-year, infrastructure strategy, now valued at over $3 billion. The strategy is expected to generate an average of 6,500 person years of employment each year.

"Our focus on enhancing and restoring our province�s infrastructure will serve to spur our economic activity, attract investment and give our people solid infrastructure whether it be roads, schools or hospitals," said the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. "Our ongoing effort to erase our infrastructure deficit is already beginning to bear fruit through economic and social development, particularly in rural parts of the province. This level of infrastructure investment will also create opportunities for skilled trades, enabling Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to return to the province and our young people to remain here at home."

Approximately 65 per cent of the infrastructure investments in Budget 2008 are earmarked for Transportation and Works and Health and Community Services.

Transportation and Works

The Williams Government will invest $375 million in transportation infrastructure improvements, associated expenditures, public buildings and water bombers, including $91.8 million projected under cost-sharing agreements.

"This government has invested in infrastructure like never before in the province�s history," said the Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works. "We have made targeted investments in roads, ferries and public buildings with an eye towards sustaining them on a long-term basis."

Investments in Transportation and Works include:


  • $33.9 million to start construction of two new ferries in this province;
  • $9.8 million to perform annual refits of government-owned ferry vessels, including $300,000 to purchase Voyage Data Recorders and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) for the provincial ferry fleet; and,
  • $7.5 million for maintenance and capital construction of ferry terminals and wharves.
  • Buildings

  • $9.5 million for maintenance and alterations of public buildings;
  • $2.5 million for reconfiguration of public buildings;
  • $3.5 million for environmental remediation and demolition of abandoned facilities; and,
  • $3.25 million for development of new facilities (including $2.1 million to construct a highway depot at Cartwright Junction).
  • Roads

    Budget 2008 provides $73 million for the roads program which includes:

  • $14 million for bridge construction and rehabilitation; and,
  • $6 million to repair wheel rutting on the Trans Canada Highway.
  • Budget 2008 also provides the following:

  • $33.8 million to upgrade the Trans Canada Highway/National Highway system, cost-shared with Federal Government;
  • $45 million for widening and hard-surfacing Phase I of Trans Labrador Highway, cost-shared with Federal Government;
  • $17 million for construction of Phase III of the Trans Labrador Highway;
  • $7 million cost-shared with the Federal Government to start construction of Torbay By-Pass;
  • $4 million for extension of the Team Gushue Highway, subject to municipal and Federal Government cost-sharing;
  • $2 million for extension of the CBS By-Pass, subject to Federal Government cost-sharing;
  • $7.5 million for land acquisition for right-of-ways;
  • $17.7 million for summer maintenance program, including line-painting, pothole-patching and guiderail replacement;
  • $38.7 million for winter maintenance program, including purchase of salt/sand;
  • $10.5 million for renewal of heavy equipment fleet;
  • $2.4 million for new salt storage shed;
  • $1.7 million for 24-hour snow-clearing in high traffic areas;
  • $370,500 towards purchase of Geographic Information Sytsem (GIS) system that allows for better planning and mapping of highways;
  • $1 million for WIM (Weigh-In-Motion) sensors to detect overweight vehicles (carried over from last year);
  • $465,000 for RWIS (Road Weather Information System) equipment to help monitor road conditions such as black ice; and,
  • $250,000 investment in new bridge management software.
  • Air

  • $30 million to replace water bombers in provincial fleet.
  • Health and Community Services

    Investments in health care facilities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will exceed $112 million this year. Budget 2008 includes $79.1 million in new and redeveloped health infrastructure, while high priority repairs and maintenance in existing health facilities will be addressed with a $33.5 million investment.

    Municipal Affairs

    The Department of Municipal Affairs will increase its capital budget commitment by $34.4 million annually, for a total annual provincial commitment of $84.3 million, resulting in total provincial commitment in municipal infrastructure of $252.9 million over three years.

    Together with federal and municipal investment, the three-year investment in municipal infrastructure will be approximately $404 million, including federal funding of approximately $68 million.


    Government continues to increase funding to improve the province�s infrastructure for both the K-12 and post-secondary education systems. Budget 2008 will allocate $88.8 million, an increase of $39.5 million over last year, in the K-12 system for new school construction, repairs and maintenance.

    Exciting new initiatives for the post-secondary education system announced last year will receive continued support in Budget 2008 with an investment of $25.35 million.

    Natural Resources

    The province is investing $480,000 in infrastructure to support the forestry and agrifood industries. In keeping with the Provincial Government�s commitment to supporting the Northern Peninsula, Budget 2008 commits $350,000 to expand and renovate the Roddickton forestry building. To protect veterinarian vehicles from vandalism and ensure the Animal Health Division has the ability to respond to the needs of the industry, Budget 2008 contains $130,000 to construct a three-vehicle garage at the Provincial Agriculture Building in St. John�s.

    Fisheries and Aquaculture

    The Provincial Government will invest $250,000 for the construction of a wharf to replace one that was burned at Williams Harbour in Labrador, and for a community stage to replace one that burned in Nipper�s Harbour. This is part of a $1 million commitment to replace these important pieces of fisheries infrastructure.



    Media contacts:

    Elizabeth Matthews
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Premier
    709-729-3960, 351-1227
    David Salter
    Director of Communications
    Department of Transportation and Works
    709-729-3015, 691-3577
    Heather MacLean
    Director of Communications
    Department of Municipal Affairs
    709-729-1983, 690-2498
    Glenda Power
    Director of Communications
    Department of Health and Community Services
    709-729-1377, 685-1741
    Jacquelyn Howard
    Director of Communications
    Department of Education
    709-729-0048, 689-2624
    Tracy Barron
    Director of Communications
    Department of Natural Resources
    709-729-5282, 709-690-8241

    Lori Lee Oates
    Director of Communications
    Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
    709-729-3733, 690-8403

    2008 04 29                                            2:15 p.m.

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