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GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

February 18, 2010 09:46 ET

Clearing Contracts Awarded in Preparation of Construction on Route 1

WAWEIG, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2010) - New Brunswick's Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet and Greg Thompson, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick-Southwest today released details of 11 contracts awarded to clear land for a new highway corridor. The work will prepare for the construction of a new four-lane highway between Waweig and Lepreau planned as part of the Route 1 Gateway Project.

"This $900,000 investment further demonstrates the Government of New Brunswick's commitment to the Charter for Change, which has Route 1 completed as a four-lane highway," said Doucet, on behalf of Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "We are investing in people and communities while creating jobs that deliver an economic stimulus and new infrastructure for a self-sufficient New Brunswick."

"The Route 1 Gateway Project is a good example of what our government is doing to keep our economy moving, create new jobs and improve safety," said Thompson. "We are proud to support such an important project — one that will improve trade and traffic flows between St. Stephen and Calais, Maine, New Brunswick's key land border crossing with the United States."

More than 40 kilometres of clearing work is currently underway to prepare for construction between:

  • Murray Road and Letang River;

  • the Pennfield area and Lepreau; and

  • the Mealy Road connector.

Motorists are cautioned at this time to be aware of the movement of wildlife, most notably deer, along the highway due to these clearing activities. 

The Route 1 Gateway Project will engage a developer/operator to construct 55 kilometres of a new four-lane highway between Waweig and Lepreau, and to install a total of 104 linear kilometres of wildlife fencing along both sides of Route 1 as part of the province's wildlife management program. Other selected upgrades are also planned for the Route 1 corridor during this time. All construction is expected to be complete by July 31, 2013.

Additionally, the developer/operator will be responsible for the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of 235 kilometres of Route 1 from St. Stephen to River Glade for a 30-year period, starting in summer 2011.

The Route 1 Gateway Project will be jointly funded by the governments of New Brunswick and Canada. Further information about this project is available at www.gnb.ca/0113/index-e.asp.

For a list of contracts awarded through public tender and the value of each project, please see the attached backgrounder.

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BACKGROUNDER

CLEARING CONTRACTS AWARDED IN PREPARATION OF CONSTRUCTION ON ROUTE 1

  • Matt Harris & Son Limited: Clearing for 3.3 kilometers of westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from Letang River to Pennfield Corner and clearing 1.3 kilometers for Mealey Road Connector. ($20,742.60)

  • Matt Harris & Son Limited: Clearing for 2.9 kilometers of both the east and westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from Pennfield Corner to the Woodland Road area. ($33,760.00)

  • St. Isidore Asphalte Limitée: Clearing for 3.0 kilometers of both the east and westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from the Knight's Mill Brook area to the Loch's Brook area. ($30,400.00)

  • Debly Forest Services Limited: Clearing for 3.0 kilometers of both the east and westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from the Loch's Brook area to New River. ($58,719.87)

  • St. Isidore Asphalte Limitée: Clearing for 2.6 kilometers of both the east and westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from New River to the Harvey Brook area and 1.0 kilometer for a realigned detour road. ($63,600.00)

  • Matt Harris & Sons Limited: Clearing for 3.9 kilometers of both the east and westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from the Harvey Brook area to Lepreau River. ($44,625.00)

  • Rockwood Transportation Co LTD: Clearing for 3.9 kilometers of both the east and westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from the Haddock Lake area to Johnsons Lake area. ($59,966.00)

  • McMillan Logging: Clearing for 4.2 kilometers of the westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from the Kerrs Ridge area to Reardon Road. ($32,000.00)

  • Rockwood Transportation Co. LTD: Clearing for 4.1 kilometers of both the east and westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from the Kelly Road area to Manor Road. ($54,900.00)

  • St. Isidore Asphalte Limitée: Clearing for 3.7 kilometers of both the east and westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from Woodland Road to Seeleys Cove Road area. ($56,060.00)

  • St. Isidore Asphalte Limitée: Clearing for 4.0 kilometers of both the east and westbound lanes of the new Route 1 from Seelys Cove Road area to Knights Mill Brook. ($70,260.00)

Contact Information

  • James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management and
    Parliamentary Affairs
    Office of Canada’s Transport Minister
    John Baird - Ottawa
    613-991-0700
    or
    Andrew Holland
    Director of Communications
    New Brunswick Department of Transportation
    560-453-5634
    or
    Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa
    613-993-0055