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April 8, 2009

Bridge Work Ahead on Trans Labrador Highway

Completion of the Trans Labrador Highway (TLH) is one step closer to reality as the Provincial Government announced today it has issued a tender for a bridge near the Kenamu River.

Located on Phase III of the TLH, the single-span, two-lane truss bridge will measure 81 metres in length. This year, the Provincial Government will invest approximately $32.5 million to complete Phase III of the TLH, which includes the construction of another bridge and 55 kilometres of road.

"This will be a busy year as we move aggressively to complete Phase III and as a result, connect the Trans Labrador Highway," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works.

The Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs, says while completing the Trans Labrador Highway is a big step forward for Labrador, the pristine environment won�t be jeopardized in the process.

"In planning the design of this bridge, government wanted to minimize environmental impacts and therefore very little in-stream construction will occur," said Minister Hickey.

In addition to work on Phase III, this year approximately 130 kilometres of Phase I will be widened, 30 kilometres from Happy Valley-Goose Bay towards the Lower Churchill will be paved with asphalt and a Request for Proposals will soon be issued to determine the most cost-effective approach to hard-surfacing the 80-kilometre section of the TLH from Labrador City towards Churchill Falls. In total, $52.3 million will be invested on Phase I this year, cost-shared 50-50 with the Federal Government.

As part of Budget 2009, the Williams Government will invest over $300 million in transportation infrastructure. The Provincial Government�s infrastructure strategy is valued at more than $4 billion over the next several years.

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Media contacts:

David Salter
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 691-3577
John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
709-729-1674, 728-7762

2009 04 08                                                   10:10 a.m.

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