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NB Transportation investments exceed $1.3 billion since 2006

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will invest $439.3 million in transportation infrastructure. Transportation Minister Denis Landry announced a third consecutive record capital budget recently in the legislative assembly



From left: New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association president Roger Leger of Atlantic Industries Ltd. of Dorchester; Landry; and Brad Green, Chair of the Board, Canadian Construction Association.



Landry said this year’s capital budget brings the provincial government’s investment in transportation infrastructure to more than $1.3 billion since October 2006. “We have taken swift action to make New Brunswick’s infrastructure more safe and efficient, creating jobs and boosting our economy,” Landry said. “These projects bring immediate benefits and will be the foundation of sustainable long-term economic growth and self-sufficiency.” Landry said motorists may expect construction in every region of the province.

Highlights include:

  • $126.7 million for the construction and upgrading of provincial highways.
  • $97.5 million for the National Highway System including: Route 1 One Mile House Interchange; Route 7 Welsford Bypass; Route 8 Marysville-Nashwaak Bypass; and pre-construction for various projects, including the Route 11 Janeville-Pokemouche Bypass and twinning between Moncton and Miramichi.
  • $83.3 million for bridge and ferry upgrades.
  • $46.5 million to upgrade routes under the Rural Road Infrastructure program.
  • $16 million for New Brunswick’s Vehicle Management Agency, which will include the purchase of 85 new school buses and 44 new snowplough trucks.
  • $45.3 million for the construction of the 82-vehicle Grand Manan ferry.
  • $180.5 million to be invested through the province’s Asset Management System.
  • $68 million to pave 236 km of arterial highways and collector roads.
  • 59.2 km of new paving construction on Route 11 and Route 17.
    Eight paving projects in the Greater Miramichi region, in addition to completion of the King George Highway.
  • The continuation of repairs on a number of bridges in southeastern NB along with widening of Mapleton Road in Moncton and major work related to the Scoudouc Industrial Park Interchange.
  • $31 million for the continued repair of the Princess Margaret Bridge in Fredericton along with funds for the repair of Hugh John Fleming Bridge.
  • Replacement of the White Head Ferry, which needs to be retired due to age and limited capacity.
  • $9.6 million in upgrades to other ferries, along with improvements to ferry landings and wharves.
  • $12 million to help municipalities undertake projects on designated highways.

Landry also announced the government will exceed its Charter for Change commitment to construct 300 km of wildlife fencing. A total of $2.8 million is budgeted for 43 km of new barriers to be installed on Route 2 south of Oromocto and on Route 17 in the Duff Lake/Tide Head area.

“These two new projects will bring us to 367 km in new moose fencing since October, 2006,” Landry said. “I am confident that the travelling public support the department’s wildlife management program to reduce collisions between motorists and animals.”

A complete list of investments in transportation infrastructure is available online.
CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.

 


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