Transportation and Works
Stimulus Funds Working for
Newfoundland and Labrador
Funding Will Continue to Create Jobs,
Boost Local Economy
Newfoundland and Labrador drivers will benefit from
improved highways and bridges thanks to a partnership
between the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and
Labrador. The Honourable Peter MacKay,
Minister of National
Defence, along with the
Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and
Works, today announced that Canada and Newfoundland and
Labrador will contribute $30.9 million towards nine
highway improvements and two bridge rehabilitation
projects in the province.
"Canada's Economic Action Plan is ensuring that the
Province of Newfoundland and Labrador will come out of
this period of economic uncertainty stronger than ever
before," said Minister MacKay. "As we enter the second
phase of the Plan, our government is not only
continuing the rapid implementation of important
infrastructure stimulus projects, but we are
also looking ahead to future challenges, especially
reducing the deficit once our economy is fully
recovered, and to building a strong foundation for job
creation and future economic growth across Canada."
Williams Government is in the midst of an unprecedented
provincial infrastructure strategy, currently valued at
more than $4 billion over the next several years, and we
have been among the leaders in the country in getting
shovels in the ground and putting our people to work,"
said Minister Hedderson. "The projects we are announcing
today will build upon our work to date and provide
motorists throughout the province with a safer and more
enjoyable driving experience."
Canada is contributing $15.45 million under the
Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to support these
initiatives, with Newfoundland and Labrador matching the
federal contribution. The total combined estimated cost
of these eleven initiatives is $30.9 million.
The federal $4-billion
Infrastructure Stimulus Fund
is a key component of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The
fund invests in construction-ready infrastructure
projects throughout Canada.
The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing
and long-term federal infrastructure funding by focusing
on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To
further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the
Infrastructure Stimulus Fund focuses on
construction–readiness as important project selection
criteria and supports projects that can be completed by
March 31, 2011. Projects focus largely on the
rehabilitation of existing assets such as water,
wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture,
parks, and trails.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan,
Upgrading and repaving of approximately eight
kilometres of Route 60 between the communities
of Colliers and Harbour Main.
Upgrading and repaving of approximately 4.5
kilometres of Route 70 between the communities
of Ochre Pit Cove and Blackhead.
Upgrading and repaving of three sections of
Route 90 between the communities of Gaskiers and
St.Vincent's, totalling approximately 7.5
Upgrading and repaving of Route 210, Burin
Peninsula Highway from its intersection with the
Trans Canada Highway towards the North Harbour
intersection, totalling approximately 8.9
Upgrading and repaving of a 12.8 kilometres
section of Route 330, between Pine Pond Pit and
Upgrading and repaving two sections of Route
331, between the intersection with Route 330 at
Georges Point and the Horwood intersection, for
a total distance of 12.8 kilometres.
Upgrading and repaving of approximately 10
kilometres of Route 430, between Portland Creek
and Daniel's Harbour.
Upgrading and repaving of sections of Route 431,
between Route 430 at Wiltondale and Gros Morne
National Park boundary.
Widening of Route 450, Corner Brook Industrial
Access Road from the interchange with the Trans
Canada Highway to Wheelers Road.
rehabilitating the Sandy Lake Narrows Bridge on
Outer Cove Bridge
Replacing the existing structure with two new
bridges (Outer Cove Brook and Beach Access Road)
combined with a mechanically stabilized earth