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Transportation and Works
May 25, 2009

Road Upgrades Headed for Baie Verte-Springdale

Motorists in the Baie Verte-Springdale area will soon experience an enhanced driving experience as tenders are issued for upgrading and paving under the 2009-10 Provincial Roads Improvement Program.

The program, part of a $300 million investment in transportation infrastructure committed to in Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, is worth $70.7 million.

"We are continuing our aggressive schedule of issuing tenders under this year�s roads program," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works. "We want to get crews to work as soon as possible, not wasting a minute of the construction season."

This year approximately nine kilometres of Nipper�s Harbour Road will be upgraded and sections of Brent�s Cove Road and Harbour Round Road will be upgraded and paved.

"Ensuring the safety of the travelling public is a priority for our government," said Kevin Pollard, Baie Verte-Springdale MHA. "I am extremely pleased with the significant infrastructure improvements that we continue to make both in my region and throughout Newfoundland and Labrador."

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
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2009 05 25                                                     11:00 a.m.

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