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Newfoundland-Labrador announces unprecedented highway construction spending

March 6, 2023  By CBC News

Newfoundland-Labrador will spend what Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Elvis Loveless calls an “unprecedented” $225 million on highway construction this year, with an emphasis on upgrading infrastructure vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Jim Organ, executive director of the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, said it’s welcome news after a tough few years for road builders. While companies hired fewer workers in recent years, Organ expects that will change as the list of projects lengthens, tenders are awarded earlier, and multi-year funding allows for better planning and productivity.

Most of the contracts will be for upgrades to the Trans-Canada Highway, ranging from the construction of a new interchange at Galway on the Avalon Peninsula, to paving the stretch of highway from Springdale to Baie Verte junctions, and the replacement of a culvert on the TCH near Port aux Basques. A major upgrade is also planned for Pitts Memorial Drive in St. John’s.

(CBC News)


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