Rehabilitating New Brunswick's roadways will benefit businesses and residents
August 15, 2019, Utopia, N.B. - The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are investing in roads and highways that will make it easier and safer to move people and products across the province, while supporting sustained economic growth for years to come.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Jeff Carr, Minister of Environment and Local Government, and Member of the Legislative Assembly for New Maryland–Sunbury today announced improvements to New Brunswick's strategic resource trade corridors, with the replacement of 14 bridges and culverts located on nine collector roads and highways across the province. The upgrades will allow full truck weights (62,500 kg) to be accommodated so that New Brunswick's economy remains competitive.
"Better roads and highways benefit all Canadians. This project will create efficient and safer transportation routes and bridges for New Brunswick communities, businesses and people, extending the use of the overall road network for decades to come," said Champagne.
These improvements mean residents will benefit from increased road safety, comfortable routes, and shorter travel times, allowing them to spend less time on the road and more time with friends and family. New Brunswick businesses will benefit from improved productivity by maintaining the most direct routes for raw forest products and mining products to reach mills and manufacturing plants, as well as enabling new resource development opportunities.
The Government of Canada is contributing $24.3 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects Fund. The Province of New Brunswick will provide $33.7 million to the project.
"The upgrades to our roads and bridges in New Brunswick are critical for public safety, growing the economies in our small communities, efficiently shipping our natural resources and finished products, and improving the driving experience in our province," said Ludwig.
"Our government knows that New Brunswickers want safe and reliable road infrastructure. We want to ensure we are doing all we can to manage our infrastructure in a sustainable way, and that includes working with our federal partners to get more accomplished," said Carr.
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