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PEI to replace the Souris Bridge


August 13, 2014
By Rock to Road

August 13, 2014, Charlottetown, PEI – The Government of PEI
has announced its plan to replace the Souris Bridge thanks to monies received from the
Building Canada Fund.

August 13, 2014, Charlottetown, PEI – The Government of PEI
has announced its plan to replace the Souris Bridge thanks to monies received from the
Building Canada Fund.

 

Constructed in 1976, the current Souris Bridge is showing
signs of aging. The federal funding announced will enable its replacement
with a new structure expected to last 75 years. The new bridge will span over
128 metres and will stand a metre higher to account for the expected rise in
sea level over its lifespan. A new left turning lane from Route 2 onto the
Lower Rollo Bay Road will also be added.

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The Government of Canada is conditionally setting aside up
to one half of total estimated eligible costs, to a maximum of $5.68 million
for these four infrastructure projects under the New Building Canada Fund‚s
Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National/Regional Projects.
This funding is conditional on the projects meeting applicable federal
eligibility requirements with respect to the New Building Canada Fund and the
signing of a contribution agreement.

 

The Government of Prince Edward Island will be responsible
for all remaining costs of the projects, which has an estimated eligible cost
of approximately $11.36 million.

           

Funding is also being set aside for significant upgrades to
Routes 1 and 2 of the NHS in PEI. Road improvements will make it safer and
easier to make left turns along Route 1 near Bonshaw, while a 1,350-metre
segment of Route 1 near Tryon will be rehabilitated to meet current safety
guidelines. In addition, the intersection of Route 2 and Route 25 in Marshfield
will be redesigned to increase safety and add a new acceleration lane onto
Route 2.


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