Municipal Affairs and Environment
May 26, 2017

Provincial Government Collaborates with Federal and Municipal Governments to Upgrade Topsail Road

The Provincial Government was joined by representatives from the Federal Government and the Town of Paradise this morning to announce funding upgrades to widen Topsail Road (Route 60) to improve driving conditions, reducing traffic time and congestion.

More than $2.8 million in provincial and federal funding was announced by the Honourable Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and MHA for Mount Scio, on behalf of the Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment; Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Dan Bobbett, Mayor of Paradise.

Topsail Road will be widened from two to four lanes between Christopher Street and St. Thomas Line. This major arterial road is one of two that connect Conception Bay South and Mount Pearl and runs through the Town of Paradise with an average daily traffic of 13,500 vehicles.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $1,485,230 to this project, while the Federal Government is providing up to $1,350,209, and the Town of Paradise is contributing the remaining cost of the project.

“Our government continues to collaborate with the Federal Government to provide funding for projects that strengthen our province’s infrastructure, including the roads that are travelled every day. Residents of a number of municipalities in the region are benefitting from the widening improvements that have been made to this portion of Topsail Road. Through our vision for The Way Forward, our government is working to assist communities in expanding shared services and improving regional infrastructure.” Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“Traffic congestion and gridlock costs Canada’s economy billions of dollars in lost productivity each year, damages our environment, and makes it harder for people to get to work and for families to spend time together. The Government of Canada is glad to invest in projects like the widening of Topsail Road. These improvements will help people move in and through the Town of Paradise while improving the safety of commercial drivers, motorists and pedestrians alike.”
Ken McDonald
Member of Parliament for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Transportation remains a top priority for the Town of Paradise. Over the past number of years, the town has made significant investments to develop, enhance, and improve our road infrastructure, particularly the widening of Topsail Road. The investments from both the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador are welcome contributions to help us complete the final phase of the Topsail Road widening project, which will significantly improve our town’s road and transportation network.”
Dan Bobbett
Mayor of the Town of Paradise

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Learn more
Provincial 2017-2018 Municipal Capital Works and Cost-Shared Funding Programs:

Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: external link

Federal infrastructure investments in Newfoundland and Labrador: external link.

New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component National and Regional Projects: external link

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Media contacts
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Diane Keough
Communications Manager
Town of Paradise

2017 05 26                              11:30 a.m.