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Transportation and Works
April 29, 2009

Roads Program Paves Way for Smoother Driving

The Williams Government is continuing its steady rate of road work under the $70.7 million Provincial Roads Improvement Program with the issuing of tenders for work in the districts of Grand Bank and Humber Valley. As part of Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, the Provincial Government will invest over $300 million in transportation infrastructure.

"One of our government's major priorities is sustaining a safe and reliable transportation network throughout Newfoundland and Labrador," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works. "That's why once again this year we are not wasting a moment in issuing tenders for road upgrades, so we can get crews to work as soon as possible."

Tenders have been issued for the following:

  • In the district of Grand Bank, two sections of Route 220 will be pulverized and repaved (cost-shared with the Federal Government); culverts will be replaced on Routes 210 and 220; and the deck and approaches at Lawn Bridge East will be resurfaced.
  • Approximately 16 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway from Hinton Bridge in Deer Lake towards Corner Brook will be milled and paved (cost-shared with the Federal Government); and approximately three kilometres of Howley Road and approximately five kilometres of Sops Arm Road will be pulverized and paved.

The Honourable Darin King, MHA for Grand Bank, said "I am very pleased with the continued work to upgrade roads on the Burin Peninsula. These improvements demonstrate that our government continues to recognize the importance of road infrastructure to building the economy in rural Newfoundland and Labrador."

"These infrastructure upgrades are welcome news for my district," said Darryl Kelly, Humber Valley MHA. "Improved roads offer an enhanced driving experience for motorists, as well as provide an important avenue for continued economic growth within our region."
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 contacts:

David Salter
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 691-3577
Corey Parsons
Constituency Assistant
Hon. Darin King, Grand Bank MHA
709-729-0340, 1-877-997-9933
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2009 04 29                                  11:15 a.m.

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