Transportation and Works
May 7, 2008

Terra Nova Area Roads Receive $2 Million Boost

The Williams Government continues to implement its $73 million strategy to improve provincial roads, which was part of Budget 2008, with an investment in the Terra Nova region. The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, made the announcement today of $2 million for road enhancements in the area.

"This year our government is spending an average of almost $2 million on road enhancements in regions throughout the province," said Minister Whalen. "That demonstrates a sizeable commitment to ensure the province�s transportation network remains safe and reliable."

Road upgrades for the Terra Nova region are:

  • Replace timber deck on the Cull�s Harbour Bailey Bridge, Route 310-13;
  • Rut repairs on a section of the Trans-Canada Highway, from the Terra Nova National Park West Boundary to Benton;
  • Surface seal the remainder of Route 301, Terra Nova Road; and,
  • Upgrade and surface seal sections of Routes 310-41 and 310-42 on St. Brendan's Island.
  • In addition to funding provided under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program, the province, along with the Federal Government, will cost share $3.2 million, on a 50-50 basis, to resurface a section of the Trans-Canada Highway from Port Blandford to the Terra Nova National Park boundary. Work will also be completed to repair ruts on the Trans-Canada Highway, from the Terra Nova National Park West boundary to Benton.

    "The road and highway upgrades planned for the Terra Nova region are welcome investments that will benefit area residents as well as visiting motorists," said the Honourable Paul Oram, MHA for Terra Nova. "Safe, reliable road infrastructure enhances quality of living and supports local business and tourism, and I am pleased that our government is carrying out these 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 improvements, associated expenditures, public buildings and water bombers this year, including $91.8 million in cost-shared agreements.

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

    2008 05 07                                                      11:15 a.m.


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