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May 28, 2010

Bridge Work Strengthens Links on Provincial Roads

Communities along the Burin Peninsula will see three bridge improvement projects rolled out as a result of a tender for bridge work announced today by the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works.

"Provincial transportation infrastructure reaches all corners of our province," said Minister Hedderson. "Each kilometre of road, and every bridge is significant to nearby communities, motorists, and tourists. Under the Williams Government's infrastructure strategy we aim to make a positive impact on every user of our transportation system, and this tender continues that steady pace forward."

The tender is for the replacement of expansion joints on the Rattle Brook Bridge, and concrete deck repair on the Rushoon Brook Bridge located on Route 210. The tender also calls for the replacement of expansion joints on the Canning Bridge on Route 220.

The Canning and Rattle Brook Bridges will be reduced to one lane while the work is carried out and temporary traffic lights will be put in place. The Canning Bridge will also be closed to truck traffic due to reduced lane width for the duration of the work.

"Bridge repair is a fundamental piece of our commitment to improving transportation infrastructure," said the Honourable Clyde Jackman, MHA for Burin-Placentia West. "The upgrading of these three bridges will provide enhanced transportation access, but more importantly ensures safer roads across the Burin Peninsula."

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
Andrew Tobin
Executive Assistant to
Hon. Clyde Jackman, Burin-Placentia West MHA


2010 05 28                                                       10:05 a.m.

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