Transportation and Works
April 22, 2009

A Steady Stream of Road Upgrades Keeps Flowing

Smooth driving awaits motorists in three more areas of the province as further tenders are announced under the $70.7 million Provincial Roads Improvement Program. As part of Budget 2009, the Provincial Government will invest over $300 million in transportation infrastructure.

Projects are set to begin this construction season in the districts of Placentia-St. Mary�s, Bellevue, and Grand Bank.

"We know that providing a reliable transportation network is key to stimulating the economy and attracting business to the province," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works. "Therefore, making strategic investments in provincial infrastructure continues to be a top priority of the Williams Government."

Tenders have been issued for the following:

  • In Placentia-St. Mary�s, Route 202, Long Harbour Road will be upgraded and paved; as well, a 24 kilometre section of the Argentia Access Road will be upgraded and resurfaced (cost-shared with the Federal Government);
  • In the district of Bellevue, sections of Fairhaven Road will be resurfaced, slope stabilization work will take place on Route 201-15, and two culverts at Colliers Bay Brook and Murphy�s Cove will be repaired; and,
  • A culvert will be replaced in Fortune near Tom Douglas� Pit, as well as on Route 210 at Piker�s Brook; and a section of Route 220 between Lewin�s Cove and Little St. Lawrence will be upgraded and resurfaced.
  • "The completion of Route 202 and the Argentia Access Road represents major progress and shows government's commitment to the Vale Inco development and the area," said Felix Collins, MHA for Placentia-St. Mary�s. "Given the consequent activity that will be taking place in the area over the coming years, it is vital that we have the road infrastructure necessary to accommodate the increased traffic."

    Calvin Peach, MHA for Bellevue said "I am very pleased with these infrastructure upgrades for our area. While safe, smooth traveling surfaces are extremely important to our residents, they also entice many visitors to explore our beautiful communities each year."

    "This investment demonstrates our government�s continued commitment to our region, resulting in improved road conditions for our residents," said the Honourable Darin King, MHA for the District of Grand Bank.

    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.

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    Media contact:

    Jennifer Tulk
    Communications Specialist
    Department of Transportation and Works
    709-729-1758, 693-4908

    2009 04 22                                                    2:50 p.m.

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