Transportation and Works
May 2, 2008

Improved Roads on the Way for the Kilbride Area

The Kilbride overpass will receive a facelift thanks to the Provincial Roads Improvement Program. The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced $500,000 for the project.

"This government is mindful of the task ahead of us, to repair and upgrade the province�s roads," said Minister Whalen. "That�s why we have clearly demonstrated our commitment to transportation infrastructure with $73 million for the current roads improvement program, announced earlier this year as part of Budget 2008."

The road work planned for the Kilbride area is a complete deck overlay, waterproofing and re-paving of the Kilbride overpass, Route 2.

In addition to funding under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program, the Provincial and Federal Governments will cost-share $3.5 million, on a 50-50 basis, to upgrade and resurface Pitts Memorial Drive, Route 2, including the numerous access ramps to and from the highway.

"Pitts Memorial Drive is one of the busiest roads in this province," said Kilbride MHA John Dinn.  "The funding will go a long way towards improving the driving surface of Pitts Memorial Drive for the many commuters who use this road daily, reflecting this government�s commitment to road infrastructure improvements."

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. A total of $375 million will be invested in provincial transportation infrastructure this year, 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 05 02                                                   10:30 a.m.

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