Transportation and Works
March 19, 2008

Significant Road Improvements Destined for the Placentia-St. Mary�s Region

Motorists in the Placentia-St. Mary�s region will be treated to improved driving conditions thanks to the infusion of $3 million in road upgrades for the area.

The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, made the announcement today as part of the Provincial Roads Improvement Program.

"We are investing an unprecedented $73 million in the 2008-09 roads improvement program," said Minister Whalen. "This substantial investment in our roads is indicative of our government�s commitment to providing safe and reliable roads infrastructure, especially in rural Newfoundland and Labrador."

Road work planned for the Placentia-St. Mary�s area includes:

Rehabilitate the Colinet River Bridge, Route 91 (carry over);

Replace Fox Harbour River Bridge, Route 102, with a pipe and realign approximately 500 m of road;

Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge maintenance;

Rut repairs Trans Canada Highway;

Upgrade and resurface sections of Route 90 between St. Joseph's and Gaskiers; and,

Upgrade Route 81, Markland Road.

In addition to funding under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program, the Provincial Government will cost-share on a 50-50 basis with the Federal Government $3 million to upgrade and resurface a section of the Argentia Access Road, as announced at a joint news conference December 17, 2007.

"This investment is indeed significant and will result in noticeable improvements in our district's roads and bridges," said Felix Collins, MHA for Placentia-St. Mary's.  "As well, our province's $1.5 million contribution towards the resurfacing of the Argentia Access Road will certainly enhance the driving experience for those who travel on this road."

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, valued at more than $2 billion.


Media contact:

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

2008 03 19                                                    10:15 a.m.

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