Transportation and Works
May 15, 2008

Significant Road Improvements Headed for the Baie Verte-Springdale Area

Fresh pavement will greet motorists in the Baie Verte-Springdale region this construction season as the Williams Government continues its $73 million effort to improve the province�s roads.

The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced $3.5 million for the area under the Provincial Roads Improvement Program, which was part of Budget 2008.

"This government�s guarantee to improve transportation infrastructure throughout the province is abundantly clear," said Minister Whalen. "We continue to place high importance on providing sound, reliable roads for residents and visitors alike."

Road work for the Baie Verte-Springdale area consists of:

  • Upgrade and pave a section of Nippers Harbour Road;
  • Pave local roads in the community of Westport;
  • Upgrade and pave the remaining section of Wild Cove Road; and,
  • Pave a section of Harry�s Harbour Road.

"I am extremely pleased with this very significant investment in transportation infrastructure throughout this region," said the Honourable Tom Rideout, MHA for Baie Verte-Springdale. "The projects announced today will substantially improve the driving conditions in the area and will address many of the immediate concerns throughout the district. I look forward to seeing the results of these improvements as the summer progresses and to working with communities in the district as it relates to further upgrades in the future."

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  

2008 05 15                                                   10:30 a.m.


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