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Government of Prince Edward Island

Government of Prince Edward Island

July 14, 2015 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Major Highway Improvements in Prince Edward Island

Project made possible by the New Building Canada Plan

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwired - July 14, 2015) - Infrastructure Canada

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for PEI and Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, was joined today by the Honourable Paula J. Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy for Prince Edward Island, to announce funding of up to $7,476,919 under the New Building Canada Plan for Prince Edward Island's 2015 Highway Rehabilitation Project.

The project consists of 15 rehabilitation and new construction sites along Routes 1 and 2, which are part of the National Highway System. Once complete, this work will significantly improve driver safety and traffic flow along this key transportation route.

The New Building Canada Plan is the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canada's history.
This unprecedented commitment is providing $53 billion to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure between 2014 and 2024.

Over this ten-year period, Prince Edward Island will benefit from approximately $440 million in dedicated federal funding, including more than $277 million under the New Building Canada Fund.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada has selected this project for funding of up to one half of the total eligible costs ($14,953,839), to a maximum of $7,476,919 million, under the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects. This funding is conditional on the project 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 the remaining costs of the project.
  • The $53-billion New Building Canada Plan provides stable funding for a 10-year period and includes:
    • the Community Improvement Fund, which consists of the Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for Municipalities and will provide over $32 billion to municipalities for projects such as roads, public transit, recreational facilities, and other community infrastructure.
    • the $14-billion New Building Canada Fund, which consists of:
      • the $4-billion National Infrastructure Component that will support projects of national significance; and
      • the $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component for projects of national, regional and local significance, with $1 billion going to communities with fewer than 100,000 residents through the Small Communities Fund.
    • an additional $1.25 billion in funding for the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Canada Fund administered by PPP Canada.

Quotes

"Our government's support for public infrastructure and strengthening our communities has never been stronger, as evidenced by investments being made through our New Building Canada Fund. We are pleased to work with the Government of Prince Edward Island to support these improvements to the National Highway System in the province, as well as other important infrastructure priorities in the region."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for PEI and Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"The Prince Edward Island government continues to make strategic investments to improve the safety and efficiency of infrastructure in communities across our province. These investments benefit all Islanders and help grow our local economy. Continued improvements to our highways not only mean safer roads, they also improve the quality of life in our Island communities. I look forward to continuing to work with the federal government in supporting our efforts to modernize and improve the safety of our infrastructure."

The Honourable Paula J. Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy for Prince Edward Island

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Backgrounder - Government of Canada supports major highway improvements in Prince Edward Island

Associated Links

To learn more about the New Building Canada Fund - Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html.

Backgrounder

Prince Edward Island's 2015 Highway Rehabilitation Project

This project consists of 15 rehabilitation and new construction sites along Routes 1 and 2, which are part of the National Highway System. Once complete, the work will significantly improve driver safety and traffic flow along this key transportation route.

Project breakdown

Component 1: Route 2 - Tignish

Covering a distance of 2,440 metres on Route 2 in Tignish, rehabilitation work at this site involves replacing asphalt and shoulder material, and adjusting catch basins.

Component 2: Route 2 - Carleton/Woodstock

Covering a distance of 3,040 metres on Route 2 in Carleton/Woodstock, rehabilitation work at this site involves replacing asphalt and shoulder material.

Component 3: Route 2 - Portage

Covering a distance of 920 metres on Route 2 in Portage, rehabilitation work at this site involves replacing asphalt and shoulder material.

Component 4: Route 2 - Miscouche

Covering a distance of 3,420 metres on Route 2 in Miscouche, rehabilitation work at this site involves replacing asphalt and shoulder material.

Component 5: Route 2 - Summerside

Covering a distance of 700 metres on Route 2 in Summerside, rehabilitation work at this site involves earth excavation to change the intersection geometry, and replacing asphalt and shoulder material.

Component 6: Route 2 - Norboro/Kensington

Covering a distance of 2,700 metres on Route 2 in Norboro/Kensington, rehabilitation work at this site involves replacing asphalt and shoulder material.

Component 7: Route 2 - Springfield

Covering a distance of 1,460 metres on Route 2 in Springfield, rehabilitation work at this site involves replacing asphalt and shoulder material, and replacing a guiderail.

Component 8: Route 1 - Tryon West

New construction at this site along Route 1 in Tryon West, involves installing a 30- to 40-foot concrete arch structure to accommodate stream and storm water drainage, constructing approximately 1,100 metres of new highway to replace an existing section, and constructing a 350-metre new road that will connect Tryon Mill Road and Branch Road to the new section of highway. Proposed work includes clearing, grubbing, earth excavation, placing asphalt, shouldering, landscaping, and installing a concrete arch and guardrail. Agreements will be in place to secure the land before the project commences.

Component 9: Route 1 - Hampton

Covering a distance of 1,850m on Route 1 in Hampton, rehabilitation work at this site involves replacing asphalt and shoulder material.

Component 10: Route 1 - Cornwall

Covering a distance of 1,050 metres on Route 1 in Cornwall, rehabilitation work at this site involves replacing asphalt and shoulder material.

Component 11: Route 1 - Charlottetown

Covering a distance of 1,600 metres on Route 1 in Charlottetown, rehabilitation work at this site involves replacing asphalt and shoulder material, and waterproofing a bridge deck.

Component 12: Route 2 - Marshfield

Covering a distance of 1,362 metres on Route 2 in Marshfield, rehabilitation work at this site involves replacing asphalt and shoulder material.

Component 13: Route 2 - Tracadie Cross

Covering a distance of 1,600 metres on Route 2 in Tracadie Cross, construction at this site involves a new 820-metre climbing lane and the rehabilitation of the existing alignment and grades for the full 1,600 metres. Planned work includes stripping the topsoil, earth excavation, and placing asphalt and shoulder material.

Component 14: Route 1 - Mount Herbert

Covering a distance of 555 metres on Route 1 in Mount Herbert, this site will construct two opposing left turn lanes. Planned work at this site includes earth excavation, placing asphalt and shoulder material, and landscaping.

Component 15: Route 2 - Farmington

This component covers a distance of 1,000 metres on Route 2 in Farmington. Planned work at this site includes replacing asphalt and shoulder material.

Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1838

    Katie McDonald
    Communications Officer
    Prince Edward Island Department of Transportation,
    Infrastructure and Energy
    902-314-3996

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
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