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Transportation and Works
July 22, 2010

Repairs Slated for Curtis Causeway Bridge

As the Williams Government continues to roll out its unprecedented infrastructure strategy, motorists travelling throughout Newfoundland and Labrador are continuing to benefit from highway improvements. The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced that a tender has been called for repairs to the Curtis Causeway Bridge at Dildo Run on Route 340.

"We recognize the importance of solid bridge infrastructure for the safety of motorists throughout our province," said Minister Hedderson. "Our bridges are inspected at regular intervals to enable us to better manage the assessment and maintenance of these structures. We have determined that the time has come to effect repairs to the Curtis Causeway Bridge."

The tender calls for repairs to the bridge's pier footings. Work is expected to be completed this fall.

"Safe and reliable highway infrastructure is vitally important to all areas of the province, especially rural regions which look to capitalize on tourism related opportunities each year," said Derrick Dalley, MHA for the Isles of Notre Dame. "It is, obviously, also very important to the many residents and businesses that use it on a daily basis and necessary repairs to this bridge are certainly welcomed."

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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Media contacts:

Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 07 22                                                        1:45 p.m.

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