Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

June 12, 2009 12:30 ET

Canada and New Brunswick Invest in Highways

Stimulus investment will help to create jobs and give a boost to the economy.

HANWELL, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - New Brunswick drivers will benefit from improved highways and transportation thanks to a partnership between the governments of Canada and New Brunswick. The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick, today announced that Canada and New Brunswick will contribute over $70 million towards highway construction and rehabilitation across the province.

"This announcement is another example of what our government is doing to get shovels in the ground quickly to stimulate the economy and create jobs - for both the short term and the long term," said Minister Thompson. "This investment to improve New Brunswick's highways will have a real and lasting impact on our province and keep people working during these tough economic times."

"Our $35 million investment in highway infrastructure across the province is the latest example of our Government's firm commitment to provide New Brunswick with the leadership necessary for a stronger economy during the current global economic downturn," said Premier Graham. "In keeping with our pledge, we're continuing to implement our plan to keep New Brunswick on track for economic recovery, renewed growth and the achievement of self-sufficiency by 2026."

Funding will support construction on 29 highway sections throughout New Brunswick, including upgrades to several points along Routes 15, 8 and 11. These upgrades will improve safety, security and travel times for drivers living in, and travelling through, the province.

The total eligible cost of all 29 initiatives is $70.3 million. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $35.15 million towards these projects, with a matching contribution from the Province of New Brunswick.

The federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is a key component of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The Fund invests in provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects that will be built during this year's and next year's construction seasons. More projects under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund will be announced shortly.

Canada and New Brunswick are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in New Brunswick.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing and long-term federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund will focus on construction-readiness as important project selection criteria. The full $4 billion will be distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects will focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.

For more information, please visit: www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

For more information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit: www.actionplan.gc.ca


BACKGROUNDER

INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND AT WORK IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Canada Supports Highway Construction and Rehabilitation

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding is available for two years for projects that will be built during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Government of Canada will provide funding for infrastructure improvements to 29 highway sections across the Province of New Brunswick. Total estimated costs for these initiatives are $70.3 million. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $35.15 million, with a matching contribution from the Province of New Brunswick.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing and long-term federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund will focus on construction-readiness as important project selection criteria. The full $4 billion will be distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects will focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.

Highway Projects to be Funded under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund



- Route 7 (from end of four lane to Harry Lyons Rd)
- Route 7 (Rockwell Stream to Brizley Stream)
- Route 8 (Four Mile Brook to Five Mile Brook)
- Route 8 (Hydroline area towards Dunbar Rd)
- Route 8 (McKinnon Rd to Miramichi)
- Route 10 (Research Station to Little River)
- Route 11 (Grande Anse)
- Route 11 (Neguac to Route 455)
- Route 11 (Route 535 toward Route 115)
- Route 11( Richibucto River to Richibucto Town)
- Route 15 (Route 950 Turning Lanes)
- Route 15 (Scoudouc Industrial Park Interchange)
- Route 15 (from beginning of four lane to Scoudouc Rd)
- Route 15 (Botsford Rd to Painsec Junction)
- Route 15 (Cullins Rd to Route 940)
- Route 16 (Upper Cape Rd toward Immigrant Rd)
- Route 17 (Saint Quentin)
- Route 17 (Whites Brook to Kedgwick Village)
- Route 17 (Whites Brook)
- Route 101 and Route 102
- Route 104 (Rte 585 to Millville, Nackawic to 610)
- Route 108 (Davis Mill to Klokkedahl Hill Rd)
- Route 109 (Perth-Andover)
- Route 116 (to Rexton Village)
- Route 130 (Hugh John Flemming Bridge)
- Route 160 (Bois Gagnon to Route 363)
- Route 180 (Five Fingers Brook to Station 4+850)
- Route 935 (Johnson's Mill Diversion)
- Montagne de la Croix Road

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Regional Development Corporation
    Bruce Macfarlane
    Corporate Secretary
    506-444-4606