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July 30, 2009

Roads Programs Continues to Deliver Improved Driving Conditions

The Provincial Roads Improvement Program rolls on as another tender is issued for road upgrades, this time in the Baie Verte-Springdale and Grand Falls-Windsor-Green Bay South areas.

"The Williams Government has designed an aggressive plan to revitalize the province�s transportation network," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works. "A key piece of that plan is the $70.7 million we are investing in this year�s roads program."

This construction season will see over five kilometres of Harry�s Harbour Road upgraded and paved, as well, a three kilometre section of Port Anson Road will be pulverized and paved. Paving work will also take place on Route 380 from Robert�s Arm towards Pilley�s Island. In addition, a culvert will be installed near Nickey�s Nose Cove.

"I welcome this great news for my region of the province," said Kevin Pollard, Baie Verte-Springdale MHA. "These road upgrades will enhance the safety and quality of life for the communities and will promote economic activity in the area. I commend our government for their continued commitment to rural Newfoundland and Labrador."

"I am proud to be part of a government that continues to upgrade our transportation infrastructure," said Grand Falls-Windsor-Green Bay South MHA Ray Hunter. "As a result of significant investments made by this government over the past few years, we are seeing notable improvements in our province�s roads."

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 07 30                                                   11:15 a.m.

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