Transportation and Works
March 12, 2008

Better Driving Conditions Ahead for Grand Bank Area

Construction crews will be busy in the Grand Bank area this summer. The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced today that the Provincial Government will invest $2.5 million to upgrade roads in the region.

The investment is part of the $73 million Provincial Roads Improvement Program.

"We know our province�s roads require a lot of work, that�s why this government continues to increase funding for the Provincial Roads Improvement Program," said Minister Whalen. "Transportation infrastructure is a key piece of the Provincial Government�s overall Infrastructure Strategy, which is more than $2 billion."

The planned road work for Grand Bank includes:

  • Replace two culverts on Route 220 near Taylor's Bay;
  • Upgrade and pave a section of Route 210, between Marystown and Frenchman�s Cove, including the Garnish area;
  • Pulverize and repave Route 220 from Lords Cove to Taylor�s Bay;
  • Resurface through Allan�s Island; and,
  • Resurface a section of Route 213 in Frenchman's Cove.
  • "The improvement of our roads has been a priority of mine, and I am extremely pleased with this level of support from this government for the Grand Bank District," said Dr. Darin King, MHA for Grand Bank.  "We must ensure our highways are safe for travellers and tourists visiting our area and that they are conducive to economic development and job creation."

    The Provincial Roads Improvement Program will create an estimated 1,400 person years of employment and is part of the Provincial Government�s infrastructure strategy, which is valued at $2.6 billion.


    Media contact:
    David Salter
    Director of Communications
    Department of Transportation and Works
    709-729-3015, 691-3577

    2008 03 12                                                       9:50 a.m.


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