Transportation and Works
July 2, 2010
Bridgework Coming to Gander Bay and
The Williams Government's infrastructure
strategy continues to deliver tangible benefits to motorists travelling
throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The Honourable Tom Hedderson,
Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced that a tender will
be called for bridgework in the Gander Bay and Twillingate regions.
"We have approximately 740 bridges throughout the province and we place
the highest priority on maintaining these important pieces of highway
infrastructure," said Minsiter Hedderson. "Periodic maintenance of our
bridge structures helps to ensure the longevity of these structures and
enhance public safety."
The tender calls for the replacement of an expansion joint and
associated work on the Gander Bay Causeway Bridge and the Walter B.
Elliot Causeway Bridge.
"Quality highway infrastructure, including bridge infrastructure, is
vital to rural economies that depend heavily on tourist traffic each
year," said Harry Harding, MHA for Bonavista North. "The replacement of
an expansion joint on the Gander Bay Causeway will help lead to a
smoother driving experience for all motorists travelling through this
"The Walter B. Elliot Causeway provides an essential road link to the
beautiful Twillingate region," said Derrick Dalley, MHA for the Isles of
Notre Dame. "This area plays host to many tourists each summer, from
both within and outside the province, and I am pleased to see this
necessary investment in the causeway bridge."
Budget 2010: The Right Investments - For Our Children and Our Future
provides $177.7 million in Provincial Government funding for road and
bridge expenditures throughout the province. This funding will be
supplemented by an additional $57.9 million in Federal Government
funding for a total road and bridge investment of $235.6 million in
2010-11. The Provincial Government's overall infrastructure strategy
includes investments in municipalities, healthcare, education, justice,
social housing, transportation, and environment and conservation.
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Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
Government Members Office
2010 07 02