WOODSTOCK, N.B. — The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick have officially launched the final phase of construction for the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick. The completed highway should open to traffic on November 1, 2007.
Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister Andy Scott, on behalf of Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre, was joined today by New Brunswick Minister of Transportation Paul Robichaud and Member of Parliament for Tobique/Mactaquac Andy Savoy, at a ceremony near Woodstock, N.B. to mark the occasion.
“Twinning the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick goes a long way to meeting the transportation needs of all Canadians,” Scott said. “It will enhance the already important role of the highway as a gateway for trade in North America and make travelling to the area even more attractive.”
“Completing the four-lane Trans-Canada Highway is a key priority for the government of New Brunswick,” Robichaud said. “By finishing this important piece of strategic infrastructure, we are improving our ability to compete and bringing greater prosperity to the province and all of Atlantic Canada.”
“Investing in transportation infrastructure that helps move people and goods more efficiently and with greater safety is a top priority for all orders of government,” Savoy said. “It is also part of our New Deal for Cities and Communities, which recognizes the distinct needs of Canada’s diverse regions.”
The project is being jointly funded by a $400-million cost-shared agreement between the governments of Canada and New Brunswick through the Canada-New Brunswick Agreement for the Completion of the Twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick. Federal funds for the project derive from the $2-billion Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.
For more information visit: www.infrastructure.gc.ca. To follow the progress of the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick visit www.gnb.ca, keyword: Trans-Canada Highway.
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