The Atlantic Road Report
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Tender Issued to Replace Romaine’s River Bridge on Port au Port Highway
A tender has been issued to replace Romaine’s River Bridge on the Port au Port Highway, Route 460, in Western Newfoundland.
The tender calls for work to construct a new concrete girder, two-span bridge with a concrete deck to be constructed south of the current bridge, the realignment of the highway and the removal of the existing bridge.
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure anticipates construction will begin this winter and will be completed in 2024.
This bridge replacement is in addition to more than 40 bridges rehabilitated this construction season, as well as six bridge replacements currently under construction on provincial highways, including Rushy Pond Bridge, Aspen Brook Bridge, and Shoal Harbour River Bridge on the TransCanada Highway; Coots Pond Bridge on Salmonier Line (Route 90); Hughes Brook Bridge on North Shore Highway (Route 450); and North River Bridge in Clarke’s Beach (Route 70).
Planning continues on the replacement of other bridges on provincial highways. The replacement of Romaine’s River Bridge is in addition to other highway improvements that are set to begin on the Port au Port Peninsula. A contract valued at approximately $1.7 million has also been awarded to Marine Contractors Inc. to pave two kilometres of the Port au Port Highway (Route 460) through the community of Cape St. George and to pave three kilometres on Lourdes Road (Route 463) between Cape St. George and Mainland.
Information on tenders issued and awarded by the department and other public bodies is available by visiting www. merx.com/govnl.
What is the Road Ahead Plan?
Province unveils three-year capital investment plan
The Road Ahead is a 3-Year Capital Investment Plan that outlines how the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DTI) plans to build, repair and maintain our province’s transportation network. It identifies which projects are planned, when they are planned and the overall expected investments. As part of the development of this plan, we have consulted with and listened to New Brunswickers, elected officials and Municipalities.
Developing and publishing a 3-Year Capital Investment Plan provides transparency regarding future projects and has several main benefits, including the following:
DTI has a defined plan for project implementation over the next three years. The public is informed of when and where work is planned.
The transportation industry has the opportunity to plan for upcoming work. Early identification of projects is a large step in efficiently delivering capital programs.
DTI’s 3-Year Capital Investment Plan identifies its planned capital investments in transportation assets as determined by evidence-based tools and documented processes. While there may be a need to modernize and, in some case, expand the highway infrastructure because of the aging infrastructure needs, DTI’s main focus in the foreseeable future is to preserve the existing assets.
This is a rolling 3 year plan, which provides projects for the fiscal years 2022 to 2024 and is updated annually to add future years’ projects. The plan forms the basis for the multi-year budget submission and provides a level of detail that helps government understand the financial resources required to finance the identified projects and programs.
For more information, visit: The Road Ahead Plan (gnb.ca)
Support for Emergency Services Providers
The Province is investing more than $1 million to help first responder organizations purchase safety equipment needed to help and protect people and communities.
“Our volunteer first responders have an essential role in the safety of our communities, and I thank them for their dedication and commitment,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr. “They put countless hours into training and responding to emergencies. This funding will help ensure they have the tools and equipment needed to keep them safe.
”The Emergency Services Provider Fund offers funding to fire departments and ground search and rescue organizations, including hazardous materials teams, to upgrade.
56 organizations are receiving funding under the program this fiscal year categories include personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus, communications, rescue equipment, miscellaneous firefighting equipment, hazardous materials equipment and emergency power for buildings, organizations can apply every three years, the program provides up to 75 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
City to administer property clean up program
The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with the Provincial Department of Fisheries and Communities, will help administer a new tree clean-up program to support residents with the impact of post-tropical storm Fiona. Specifically, the program will assist residents with cleaning up damaged and fallen trees, along with removing tree debris from their private property.
“While work crews continue clean up and recovery efforts across Charlottetown, we know that many residents have suffered significant damage to their private property that must be addressed,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “This City program will provide specialized expertise to assist residents with restoring their properties quickly and safely.”
Starting October 11, Charlottetown residents can apply for the new program online or by phone. Next, City staff will assess the applications, conduct site visits and evaluate reported damage in order to prioritize impacted properties. City contracted crews will then be deployed to address and clear damaged trees from these properties.
What the Program Covers:
Fiona-related uninsurable losses and damage to residential properties. This includes trees fallen in yards, damaged trees at risk of falling, and basic debris clean up on private property in the City of Charlottetown.
What the Program Does Not Cover:
- Fallen trees or debris on homes or vehicles. These are considered insurable losses, and homeowners or business owners are responsible for contacting their insurance company to resolve Fiona-related damage to their home or vehicle.
- Uninsurable losses and damage to businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
- Aesthetic work on private properties, including landscaping or pruning.
How to Apply:
Charlottetown residents can report storm-related damaged trees online at charlottetown.ca/fiona or by phone at 902.629.2594 during regular business hours. Please note: Charlottetown residents who have already reported damage through the Province’s online damage reporting tool are being transferred to this new program and do not need to provide their information again.
Members of the public who have questions about this program can call 902.629.2594.
For All Other Uninsurable Losses:
All other damage to uninsurable losses relating to residential properties, small businesses, and not-for profit organizations not eligible for this new tree clean up program should apply for the Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program for Prince Edward Island.
Residents who have already paid for professional services related to cleaning up damaged and fallen trees on their property may also be eligible for the Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program for Prince Edward Island.
For more information on the Provincial Disaster Financial Assistant Program for Prince Edward Island, administered by the Canadian Red Cross, visit: https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/currentemergency-responses/hurricane-fiona-2022/hurricane-fiona-prince-edwardisland or call 1-833-966-4225.
Source: City to Administer Property Clean Up Program – City of Charlottetown
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