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April 30, 2008

Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans Area to Receive $2 Million in Road Improvements

Motorists in the Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans region will soon experience better driving conditions as the Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced $2 million for road work. The investment is part of the $73 million 2008-09 Provincial Roads Improvement Program, announced earlier this year as a part of Budget 2008.

"It is our goal as a government to make the province�s transportation network reliable and safe," said Minister Whalen. "That�s why the Williams Government continues to increase funding destined for road improvements throughout the province."

Road work planned for the Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans area is as follows:

Rehabilitate Buchans Brook Bridge, Route 370;

Replace expansion joints on the Union Street Overpass, Grand Falls-Windsor;

Rehabilitate Little Sandy Brook Bridge, Route 370;

Upgrade and resurface a section of Route 370, Buchans Highway; and,

Upgrade and pave a section of Route 370-12, near Millertown.

In addition to the funding under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program, the province and the Federal Government will cost share $600,000, on a 50-50 basis, to repair rutting on a section of the Trans Canada Highway.

"I am pleased with the investment this government has committed to our roads infrastructure. In particular, upgrading and resurfacing of the Buchans Highway as well as a section of the Millertown Road will be welcome news to residents in my district along with the other rehabilitative improvements," said Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans MHA Susan Sullivan. "It is also good news that a cost-sharing agreement has been reached with the Federal Government to repair the highway from Grand Falls-Windsor to Badger making for safer and more comfortable driving conditions."

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 $3 billion. As part of Budget 2008, the Williams Government will invest $375 million in transportation infrastructure, including $91.8 million in cost-shared agreements.


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

2008 04 30                                                    11:00 a.m.

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