Maritime city receives infrastructure boost

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MONCTON, N.B. — The extension of Vaughan Harvey and Assomption boulevards will improve traffic flow and aim to provide better access to several arterial routes throughout Moncton.

The bypass extension was officially opened Oct. 9 and was developed with funds from federal, provincial and municipal levels of government.

“These improvements are based on a long-term comprehensive traffic study that was conducted by the province and the municipalities of Greater Moncton, said New Brunswick Transportation Minister Denis Landry. This study was focused on how to improve traffic patterns in the Greater Moncton area, giving consideration to future growth and economic development.”

The total project cost was estimated at approximately $30 million, of which $19 million came from a joint funding agreement between the federal, provincial and municipal governments. Federal funding was provided through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.

“All three levels of government have recognized the need for such an important project for a growing region like Greater Moncton,” said Moncton Mayor Lorne Mitton. “Our community will benefit from this investment, which will have a positive impact in many areas including economic development and traffic flow.”

The bypass project involved the extension of Vaughan Harvey and Assomption boulevards to connect with the recently constructed Gunningsville Bridge across the Petitcodiac River.

The Vaughan Harvey Boulevard extension is approximately one kilometre in length and the Assomption Boulevard extension is approximately 1.2 kilometres in length. Both routes consist of four lanes divided by medians, and they have controlled access.

The project is one of three bypass projects funded in the Greater Moncton Area that are designed to provide access-controlled alternative routes to existing, congested urban area streets.

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