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Transportation and Works
May 17, 2010

Road Tenders Keep Province Moving in the Right Direction

As the summer construction season gets underway, motorists will continue to see road upgrades throughout the province. The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, announced the calling of two tenders for roadwork in the Trinity-Bay de Verde and the Port au Port regions.

"As families and tourists start to make their plans for summer vacations our road crews are mobilizing to ensure greater safety and comfort for all users of our provincial roads," said Minister Hedderson. "This continued effort to improve our transportation system is an essential part of the Williams Government's infrastructure strategy and with each construction season we get that much closer to reaching our goals."

The first tender is for the pulverizing, upgrading and repaving of approximately four kilometres of Route 70 from Northern Bay to Gull Island, 1.2 kilometres from Blackhead to Adam's Cove and 0.6 kilometres from Broad Cove to Blackhead.

This work will be cost-shared 50/50 between the Provincial and Federal Governments under the federal Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

"This roadwork is welcome news and I am excited to see the many benefits it will bring to the area," said the Honourable Charlene Johnson, MHA for Trinity-Bay de Verde. "This work is the continuation of the commitment our government has shown to infrastructure development throughout the province that will benefit the motoring public."

The second tender is for the placement of armour stone protection on Route 460 at the isthmus and on Route 462 at Fox Island River on the Port au Port Peninsula.

"I am very pleased with this government's continued investment in the provincial roads," said Port au Port MHA Tony Cornect. "Improvements over the last few years will have a lasting impact on our economic and tourism potential throughout the area and indeed the province."

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:

Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
Denise Woodman
Executive Assistant to the Honourable Charlene Johnson,
MHA Trinity-Bay de Verde
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 05 17                                                  10:50 a.m.

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