Agreement reached to twin remainder of TCH in New Brunswick

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WOODSTOCK, N.B. — Twinning of the Trans-Canada Hwy. through New Brunswick is set to be completed thanks to a $400 agreement between the provincial and federal governments.

A deal is expected to be announced today, which will see Ottawa pay for at least $100 million or about 25 per cent of the cost.

Not everyone’s happy though. Woodstock mayor, Randy Leonard, says work could have been started long ago had it not been for political jostling between the feds and province. He says the federal government announced it would help twin the highway more than a year ago but the province held out for a better deal.

"We have an announcement being made and that’s wonderful but it’s not news," Leonard tells local media. "The province just had to come to the party."

About 128 kilometres of the TCH through New Brunswick have yet to be twinned.

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