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April 3, 2009

First Projects Tendered Under 2009-10 Roads Improvement Program

The 2009-10 Provincial Roads Program has been officially launched with the tendering of projects in four areas of the province.

The Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced that the districts of Bay of Islands, St. George�s-Stephenville East, the Isles of Notre Dame and Bonavista North will be the first to have projects tendered under the $70.7 million Provincial Roads Improvement Program.

"The Williams Government is spending $800 million in infrastructure this year as part of our economic stimulus plan and the Provincial Roads Improvement Program is a big part of this strategy," said Minister Taylor. "We want to get tenders such as these issued as soon as possible so we can get the projects moving."

The following are the first projects tendered:

  • In the Bay of Islands, the Gilliams River Bridge will be rehabilitated;
  • In St. Georges - Stephenville East, a culvert (0.7 kilometres west of Barachois Brook Bridge) will be replaced;
  • In the Isles of Notre Dame, 5.2 kilometres of Fogo Island Road and three kilometres of Route 334, Joe Batt's Arm Road will be pulverized, upgraded and paved and 0.5 kilometres of Route 334 on Fogo Island will be reshaped and paved; and,
  • In Bonavista North, 4.6 km of Gander Bay Road from Island Pond Brook towards Gander Bay and three kilometres of Route 320 from Trinity towards Indian Bay will be pulverized and paved.
  • 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 $4 billion over the next several years. As part of Budget 2009, the Williams Government will invest over $300 million in transportation infrastructure.

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

    2009 04 03                                                    9:50 a.m. 

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