December 10, 2003

New four-lane section of Trans Canada Highway opens in New Brunswick

Grand Falls, New Brunswick – Government officials officially opened 25 kilometres of new four-lane Trans-Canada Highway in northwestern New Brunswick on Tuesday.

The 25 kilometres of new four-lane highway includes a 17.2 kilometre section between Saint-Léonard and Grand Falls, and an 8.1 kilometre bypass at Perth-Andover. Construction of these critical highway improvement projects began in 1999.

The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick jointly shared the cost of the two projects on a 50-50 cost-shared basis. The Saint-Léonard-Grand Falls project, valued at $79.5 million, included building a major bridge crossing the St. John River at Grand Falls as well as several interchanges and grade separations. The construction of the Perth-Andover bypass between Perth-Andover and Aroostook, valued at $20.4 million, included twinning the existing Route 2 between the two communities, construction of an interchange at Route 190 and connecting roadways, three new structures and widening a fourth structure to meet current guidelines.

“Modern highways like the ones we are opening today are a fundamental measure of the success of any economy,” said New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord. “Each new section of Trans-Canada that we open makes it easier to move people and goods throughout our province and to move them more efficiently and with greater safety. This enhances our trade links with our trading partners in Quebec, Ontario and the United States and makes New Brunswick a more attractive destination for visitors.”

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