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Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
May 6, 2009

Trans Labrador Highway to Get Hard-Top

This year�s extensive work on the Trans Labrador Highway (TLH) continues, as the Williams Government has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to hard-surface a section of Phase I. As part of Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, approximately $56 million will be invested in Phase I and Phase III of the TLH.

The RFP seeks proposals to determine the most cost-effective approach to hard-surfacing an 80-kilometre section of the Trans Labrador Highway, from Wabush Junction towards Churchill Falls.

"A highlight of our government�s record investment in the Trans Labrador Highway this year will be this project," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works. "In fact, this represents our most significant hard-surfacing project to date on the TLH."

The Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs, noted that the Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador lists hard-surfacing of Phase I of the TLH as a major transportation infrastructure objective.

"We as a government are clearly and definitively building on our long-standing commitment to residents of Labrador to improve their transportation network," said Minister Hickey.

"It is great to see such significant progress being made on this large and much needed project," said Jim Baker, Labrador West MHA.  "The magnitude of this investment illustrates, once again, our government�s pledge to the people of Labrador."

This year the Williams Government is investing 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
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2009 05 06                                                      10:00 a.m.

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