Transportation and Works
May 5, 2008

West Coast Drivers Latest to Benefit from Road Improvements

Residents in the Humber West and Humber East areas will see first hand the Williams Government�s commitment to an enhanced transportation network under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program, which was announced earlier this year as part of Budget 2008.

"Our government is making every attempt to develop and upgrade roadways throughout the province," said the Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works. "The $73 million set aside for this year�s program clearly illustrates that commitment."

In the Humber West area, $220,000 will be spent this year to resurface sections of Route 450, the Corner Brook Industrial Access Road, a continuation of work started last year.

"Our government has demonstrated over the past four years our commitment to investing in infrastructure that was left to deteriorate for too many years, including improving roads throughout the province," said the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and MHA for Humber West. "I am pleased to see this investment into the Corner Brook area, as it will benefit both residents and visitors alike."

In the Humber East region, $1.7 million has been set aside for road improvements, consisting of:

  • Replacement of rails on Corner Brook Stream Bridge, Trans-Canada Highway;
  • Repair ramps at the Humber Village Interchange;
  • Repair bin wall on Lewin Parkway, near the mill;
  • Rehabilitate the Corner Brook Stream Bridge, adjacent to the mill; and
  • A temporary connection from Ring Road to the long-term health care facility in Corner Brook.
  • In addition to funding under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program, the province and the Federal Government will cost share $3 million, on a 50-50 basis, to upgrade and repave the Lewin Parkway, from the Trans-Canada Highway to the Corner Brook waterfront.

    "Strategic investments in infrastructure have a positive effect on the province�s investment climate, improve the quality of life of our citizens and is one of this government�s priorities in Budget 2008," said the Honourable Tom Marshall, MHA for Humber East. "I am extremely pleased with the announcement of road and bridge work in the region which will provide an enhanced driving experience for motorists."

    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 improvements, associated expenditures, public buildings and water bombers 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

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