February 1, 2005


Trans-Canada Highway in Newfoundland to be upgraded

St. John’s, Newfoundland – Bill Matthews, MP for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre, along with Tom Rideout, Minister of Transportation and Works for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced joint funding of $4.2 million for highway improvements on the province’s west coast. The funding is made available under the Canada/Newfoundland and Labrador Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program.

The project will rehabilitate 19.5 km of the Trans-Canada Highway between Flat Bay Brook and Fischells River on the province’s west coast.

“The upgrade and repair of this section of highway has been a concern for many of my constituents and as such, has been a priority issue for me as their representative in Government,” said Joan Burke, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and MHA for St. George’s-Stephenville East. “I am very pleased that the necessary work will be carried out, ensuring the safety of the area’s residents.”

Under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program agreement, the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador are providing joint funding of $23 million until 2006 for highway improvement projects in the province. The Canada/Newfoundland and Labrador Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program agreement, signed September 18, 2002, is part of the national $600 million Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program announced in April 2001.

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