Transportation and Works
September 5, 2008
Government Fulfills Commitment with Opening of Nicholsville Bridge
The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, today officially opened the $5.6 million Nicholsville Bridge, fulfilling a pledge made to the people of the Nicholsville area by the Williams Government.
"Our government recognized the need to replace the old structure that once existed in Nicholsville and provide residents and motorists in the area with a brand new bridge," said Minister Whalen. "This is yet another example of a promise made, a promise kept by this administration."
The original Nicholsville Bridge, built in 1940, was closed on October 30, 2006, due to deterioration and to ensure the safety of the public. The new bridge, located on the Humber River just upstream from the original bridge, is a single-span structure with a length of 110 metres, a roadway width of 4.5 metres and a 1.5 metre pedestrian sidewalk. The bridge is also designed for and carries water and sewer mains for the Town of Deer Lake.
"The new Nicholsville Bridge is in fact the longest single-span bridge on the island portion of the province and will be around for generations to come," said Minister Whalen. "I am extremely proud to see this project completed."
The Nicholsville Bridge was cost-shared with the Department of Municipal Affairs.
"The Department of Municipal Affairs was pleased to partner with the Department of Transportation and Works on this significant infrastructure initiative," said the Honourable Dave Denine, Minister of Municipal Affairs. "The safety and well-being of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians remains a priority for this government and this new bridge is a testament to this commitment."
"I am delighted to see this project come to fruition," said Darryl Kelly, MHA for Humber Valley. "The Provincial Government�s fulfillment of this commitment will enhance both the safety and convenience for residents and travellers alike."
"The town council of Deer Lake is very pleased that the new Nicholsville Bridge is now officially open," said Deer Lake Mayor Barbara Ball. "It�s great to see both parts of our town reunited."
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