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Transportation and Works
June 11, 2010

Bridge Work Extends Across Central Region

Bridge upgrades and repair work continue to roll out as provincial infrastructure projects span across the province. The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced the latest tender for work on four bridge projects along the Trans Canada Highway in the central region of the province.

"The Trans Canada Highway is a significant piece of our transportation infrastructure that links the majority of our inter-provincial roadways," said Minister Hedderson. "With an extensive inventory of bridges throughout the province, it is essential that we keep ahead of necessary maintenance in order to ensure the safety of all motorists using our roads."

The tender calls for repairs to the abutments of the Eel Brook Bridge, just east of the Norris Arm turnoff, and the Jumpers Brook Bridge, east of Bishop's Falls.

The tender also includes deck repairs on a section of the Sir Robert Bond Bridge, crossing the Exploits River, and the replacement of an expansion joint on the Rushy Pond Brook Bridge, west of Grand Falls-Windsor.

Traffic on the Sir Robert Bond and Rushy Brook Bridges will be reduced to one lane while the work is carried out.

"The Williams Government's infrastructure strategy continues to make progress across the province," said Minister Hedderson. "These bridge upgrades will further strengthen our transportation system and make certain we have a solid foundation as we proceed on to our next projects and priorities."

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.

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Media contact:
Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267

2010 06 11                                                    10:10 a.m.

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