Transportation and Works
April 23, 2009

Provincial Government to Invest in Significant Road Upgrades
in Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans

The Williams Government is continuing its pledge to stimulate economic growth throughout the province by investing in significant road improvements in the Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans area this year. The projects fall under the $70.7 million Provincial Roads Improvement Program. As part of Budget 2009, the Williams Government will invest over $300 million in transportation infrastructure.

"This government�s considerable investment in transportation infrastructure is unparalleled," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works. "We recognize the importance of a strong, sound infrastructure strategy in bolstering confidence in the economy and in turn creating jobs."

A tender has been called to resurface a 26 kilometre section of the Trans Canada Highway between Grand Falls-Windsor to Badger, which will be cost-shared with the Federal Government. This construction season will also see a section of the Buchans Highway upgraded and resurfaced.

"I�m very pleased to see such extensive road infrastructure development taking place," said the Honourable Susan Sullivan, MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans. "This project will significantly upgrade some key roads, thus enhancing our ability to pursue new economic development in the region and ensuring safe and secure highway transportation for the area."

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

2009 04 23                                                     10:15 a.m.


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