GRAND FALLS, N.B. — Another 25-kilometre stretch of four-lane Trans-Canada Highway in northwestern New Brunswick is open today.
Andy Savoy, MP (Tobique-Mactaquac) and Jeannot Castonguay, MP (Madawaska-Restigouche), on behalf of Transport Minister David Collenette, together with New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord and Transportation Minister Paul Robichaud, officially opened the stretch of highway today.
The 25 kilometres of new four-lane highway includes a 17.2 kilometre section between Saint-Lonard 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-Lonard-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.
“This highway is an important route for trade and tourism in New Brunswick, and these improvements will certainly advance the efficiency of this highway,” said Savoy. “Completion of these two projects is great news for the people of New Brunswick, visitors to the province, and the regional economy.”
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