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Transportation and Works
April 30, 2008

Government Invests $1 Million in Lake Melville Area Roads

The Provincial Government continues to make significant investments in Labrador roads.

The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced today that a section of Route 520, North West River Road, will be upgraded and repaved, as well as the application of crushed gravel on Mud Lake Road. The $1 million worth of funding will come from the Provincial Government�s $73 million roads improvement program, announced earlier this year as a part of Budget 2008.

"This government recognizes the importance of continued upgrades to our transportation system," said Minister Whalen. "Safer, quality roads not only make for a better driving experience for residents and visitors, but are key to sustaining the province�s economy."

In addition to funding under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program, the province, along with the Federal Government, will cost-share $25 million on a 50-50 basis to widen and hard surface a section of the Trans Labrador Highway in this region.

"As we continue to implement the Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador, this government will invest unprecedented amounts into road infrastructure," said the Honourable John Hickey, MHA for Lake Melville. "The people who travel throughout central Labrador can be assured we will continue this investment to improve and enhance our roads that are an essential piece of our transportation infrastructure."

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                                                     11:25 a.m.

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