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Welsford bypass opens in New Brunswick


November 14, 2013
By Rock to Road

November
14, 2013, Welsford, N.B. – Federal, provincial and municipal representatives
participated in the official opening of the $63 million Route 7 Welsford bypass
between Saint John and Fredericton.

November
14, 2013, Welsford, N.B. – Federal, provincial and municipal representatives
participated in the official opening of the $63 million Route 7 Welsford bypass
between Saint John and Fredericton.

“The
Route 7 Welsford bypass represents an important link between the Trans-Canada
Highway and the Port of Saint John,” said the Honourable Rob Moore, regional
minister for New Brunswick and minister of state (Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency).  

“This
extensive upgrade for Route 7 creates a more efficient highway around several
residential areas leading to the port city,” said New Brunswick transportation
and infrastructure minister Claude Williams. “The bypass will improve safety
and relieve traffic congestion for motorists around Welsford. It will also
benefit the economy and the local trucking industry, which uses this route
daily for business in Saint John. This project is a good step towards
rebuilding New Brunswick and creating a stronger province.”

The
Welsford bypass consists of about eight kilometers of four-lane highway, 3.5
kilometers of two-lane highway and five main structures. Two new overpasses and
a viaduct have been built as well as a new culvert and bridge at Welsford
Falls. The project also includes 14 kilometres of wildlife fencing.

Construction
of the bypass began in 2009 and was completed this fall. The bypass begins just
north of the community of Welsford and meets back with the existing
controlled-access section of Route 7 just north of the Grand Bay-Westfield
Interchange.

The
project was cost-shared between the federal and provincial governments. The
province invested about $37 million while the federal government contributed
about $26 million under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.