NBSt. George, New Brunswick – Construction has commenced on New Brunswick’s Route 1 gateway project, the largest financial highway undertaking in the province’s history.

“As stated in the Charter for Change, the provincial government promised to complete Route 1 as a four-lane highway,” said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. “Today, we are seeing this promise through. It is exciting to see the start of construction on the final 55 kilometres of Route 1 to be twinned. This new infrastructure between Waweig and Lepreau, along with other major upgrades, will help create 900 new jobs and, more importantly, will save lives and improve the flow of people and goods along this key trade corridor between Atlantic Canada and New England.”

The provincial government is investing $370 million in the project, with the federal government contributing $210 million through various federal-provincial highway agreements.

The project includes the erection of 104 kilometres of wildlife fencing as the new twinned highway sections are completed; the reconfiguration of the Route 1/Route 7 and Route 1/Route 111 interchanges; widening of the MacKay Highway to six lanes from four; major upgrades at several crossings; and the installation of new guardrail systems on a number of bridges and overpasses along the Route 1 corridor.

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