Millions announced for highway improvements, bridge upgrades in province

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The federal and provincial governments announced funding today of $30.9 million towards nine highway improvements and two bridge rehabilitation projects in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The announcement was made in St. John's by National Defence Minister Peter MacKay and provincial Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson.
The federal government is contributing $15.45 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to support these initiatives, with the provincial government matching the federal contribution.
"Canada's Economic Action Plan is ensuring that the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador will come out of this period of economic uncertainty stronger than ever before," MacKay said. "As we enter the second phase of the plan, our government is not only continuing the rapid implementation of important infrastructure stimulus projects, but we are also looking ahead to future challenges, especially reducing the deficit once our economy is fully recovered, and to building a strong foundation for job creation and future economic growth across Canada."00
According to a news release, the federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is a key component of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The fund invests in construction-ready infrastructure projects throughout Canada.
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 focuses on construction readiness as important project selection criteria and supports projects that can be completed by March 31, 2011.
Projects focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.
"The Williams Government is in the midst of an unprecedented provincial infrastructure strategy, currently valued at more than $4 billion over the next several years, and we have been among the leaders in the country in getting shovels in the ground and putting our people to work," Hedderson said. "The projects we are announcing today will build upon our work to date and provide motorists throughout the province with a safer and more enjoyable driving experience."

Projects include:
Upgrading and repaving of approximately eight kilometres of Route 60 between the communities of Colliers and Harbour Main;
Upgrading and repaving of approximately 4.5 kilometres of Route 70 between the communities of Ochre Pit Cove and Blackhead;
Upgrading and repaving of three sections of Route 90 between the communities of Gaskiers and St.Vincent's, totalling approximately 7.5 kilometres;
Upgrading and repaving of Route 210, Burin Peninsula Highway from its intersection with the Trans Canada Highway towards the North Harbour intersection, totalling approximately 8.9 kilometres;
Upgrading and repaving of a 12.8 kilometres section of Route 330, between Pine Pond Pit and Musgrave Harbour;
Upgrading and repaving two sections of Route 331, between the intersection with Route 330 at Georges Point and the Horwood intersection, for a total distance of 12.8 kilometres;
Upgrading and repaving of approximately 10 kilometres of Route 430, between Portland Creek and Daniel's Harbour;
Upgrading and repaving of sections of Route 431, between Route 430 at Wiltondale and Gros Morne National Park boundary;
Widening of Route 450, Corner Brook Industrial Access Road from the interchange with the Trans Canada Highway to Wheelers Road;
Reinforcing and rehabilitating the Sandy Lake Narrows Bridge on Howley Road;
Replacing the existing structure with two new bridges (Outer Cove Brook and Beach Access Road) combined with a mechanically stabilized earth retaining wall.

Organizations: Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, National Defence, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Williams Government Trans Canada Highway

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's Ochre Pit Cove Gaskiers North Harbour Portland Creek Gros Morne National Park Corner Brook Wheelers Road Sandy Lake Howley Road Beach Access Road

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  • Taxpayer II
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Thank you Stevie I see there are no jobs for St. John's. All I was afraid of was Doc was going to get the chance to put the City further in debt than we already are. Still haven't found how much that debt is, must be through the roof to keep it so secret. Now what was that I heard about agreements with the City and the Prvince?

  • Graham
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Great job as usual by our Federal Government in spite of ABC Danny and his childish behaviour.

  • Eli
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    The work on Route 60 is in Hedderson's district. What about the eastern section?

  • Nasty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Is this to be used to start the bridge from the island to Labrador? I have a feeling that it will be a one way bridge since we have not seen any economic growth, but rather spending more on overtime. At least between the overtime and childcare spending scandals we might just beak even.

    But I am sure Danny will just blow this on his Hydro Quebec Vendetta and the people of this province will continue to go without. Such a waste of time and money all around.

  • Har
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Guess we can use this to replace the money that has gone to the few overtime recipients. 30 million will not do very much when it comes to creating jobs or roads. Another wasted venture, we blow more then this on wasted programs here anyway.

  • Taxpayer II
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Thank you Stevie I see there are no jobs for St. John's. All I was afraid of was Doc was going to get the chance to put the City further in debt than we already are. Still haven't found how much that debt is, must be through the roof to keep it so secret. Now what was that I heard about agreements with the City and the Prvince?

  • Graham
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Great job as usual by our Federal Government in spite of ABC Danny and his childish behaviour.

  • Eli
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    The work on Route 60 is in Hedderson's district. What about the eastern section?

  • Nasty
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Is this to be used to start the bridge from the island to Labrador? I have a feeling that it will be a one way bridge since we have not seen any economic growth, but rather spending more on overtime. At least between the overtime and childcare spending scandals we might just beak even.

    But I am sure Danny will just blow this on his Hydro Quebec Vendetta and the people of this province will continue to go without. Such a waste of time and money all around.

  • Har
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Guess we can use this to replace the money that has gone to the few overtime recipients. 30 million will not do very much when it comes to creating jobs or roads. Another wasted venture, we blow more then this on wasted programs here anyway.