September 19, 2002


$23 million in highway improvement funding announced for Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John’s – Transport Minister David Collenette, and Newfoundland and Labrador Transportation Minister of Works, Services & Transportation, Percy Barrett, have announced an agreement to provide joint funding of $23 million for national highway system improvement projects in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This agreement is part of the $600 million Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) announced by Mr. Collenette in April 2001.

In addition to the agreement, three construction projects with a total joint cost of $4.2 million were announced.

In the town of Deer Lake at the Route 430/Trans-Canada Highway intersection, the existing overpass will be replaced with a new structure. The project, with an estimated total cost of $1 million, is expected to be completed by summer 2003.

Interchange ramps and an overpass will also be constructed at the Long Harbour Road /Trans-Canada Highway intersection, located approximately 100 kilometres west of St. John’s. The project, with an estimated total cost of $2.1 million, is expected to be completed by fall 2003.

As well, an overpass that provides west access to Port aux Basques will be constructed at a total estimated cost of $1.1 million. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2003.

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