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Transportation and Works
May 7, 2010

Smoother Roads Stretch Across the Province

The construction season is well underway and tenders continue to roll out as the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced two tenders for road work in the Coast of Bays region and along the Southern Shore.

"The Provincial Roads Improvement Program is focused on getting tenders out the door and work started as soon as possible," said Minister Hedderson. "These road upgrades have immediate impacts on all motorists and the Williams Government is intent on seeing infrastructure improvements throughout Newfoundland and Labrador."

The first tender is for the pulverizing and paving of sections of Route 360 along the Bay d'Espoir Highway near Harbour Breton and Route 361 near St. Alban's Road at St. Joseph's Cove. The tender also calls for the recapping of sections of Route 360-10 along the Morrisville Road near Milltown and sections of Route 360 on the Bay d'Espoir Highway between kilometres 179 and 185.

"I am extremely pleased that we will be able to complete the section of paving near St. Joseph's and provide new paving for the Harbour Breton and Milltown areas," said Fortune Bay-Cape La Hune MHA Tracey Perry. "This government recognizes the importance of quality transportation infrastructure throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, and I look forward to further improvements."

The second tender is for the pulverizing, upgrading and repaving of sections of Route 10 through Fermeuse, from Windsor's Rock towards Fermuse, and for a culvert replacement and cable guide rail installation at Broom Cove River also on Route 10.

"I am pleased with the continued investment in provincial road infrastructure," said Keith Hutchings, MHA for Ferryland. "This year we will be completing significant bridge rehabilitation, as well as the continuation of Route 10 upgrades from Aquaforte towards Fermuse. A well-maintained highway infrastructure is key to current and future economic well-being along the Southern Shore, as well as all of Newfoundland and Labrador."

Improvements to bridge and highway infrastructure throughout the province are just some of the overall enhancements being carried out through the Provincial Government's unprecedented infrastructure strategy which is now valued at more than $5 billion over the next several years. The strategy also includes investments in municipalities, healthcare, education, justice, social housing, transportation, and environment and conservation.

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Media contacts:

Blair Medd
Communications Specialist
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 631-8465
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 05 07                                                    12:05 p.m.

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